Why Add Beans to Your Plate
This month, CNP is all about beans! Beans count as both a protein and a vegetable and are packed with things like protein, iron, and fiber, which keep our bodies feeling great! Checkout all the great things beans about beans!
- Beans are an excellent source of protein, which provides energy and helps build, repair, and maintain body tissues
- Beans are budget friendly- especially dried beans
- Beans provide iron, which helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body
- Beans are a good source of fiber, which is good for your digestive tract
- 1/4 cup of beans counts as a 1-ounce serving of protein
- 1 cup of beans counts as 1 serving of vegetables
- Enjoy beans on salads, in soups, in casseroles, on the side, over rice, and as dips
Learn more about beans on the MyPlate website.
All About Beans Videos
Dry and canned beans have the same nutrients, but canned beans usually have added sodium and cost about twice as much! Learn more about the cost comparison in this video.
Now that you know about the difference between dry and canned beans, walk through the nutrition facts label to learn about bean nutrients.
Wyoming Bean Facts
Did you know, a variety of beans grow in Wyoming?
- Pinto: One of the top beans produced in Wyoming. Pinto beans are a great source of antioxidants. Try them in a burrito, in ham soup, or as a side dish.
- Black: One of the top beans produced in Wyoming. Black beans are a great source of fiber and protein. Try them in tacos, mango salsa, and soup.
- Great Northern: These beans are also known as cannellini or white Navy beans, but hold their shape in recipes better than Navy beans. Try them in soups, salads, and pasta dishes.
- Kidney: These are a popular bean variety and are often found in commodity boxes and at food banks. Try them in 3 Bean Salad, meatless chili, and curry.
- Red: Red beans are full of phytonutrients, iron, and phosphorus. Try them in chili or eat them with rice to make a complete protein.
- Yellow: Yellow beans, or wax beans, are green beans without chlorophyll pigment. Try them in casseroles, salads, and as a snack.
- Learn more about the Wyoming Bean Commission