Eat your beans
The summer’s here and that can mean only one thing – the beans are in! Try these fantastic recipes, all gluten free and gorgeous. Best enjoyed outside, under a tree.
Why beans are good for you
- Fresh beans and peas are packed with nutrients. Not only are they rich in fibre, but they’re also a flavoursome way to boost your intake of vitamin C – good for skin and helping the body to absorb iron from other food. Plus, just 80g (five or six heaped tablespoons) counts as one of your five-a-day.
- Eating beans and peas adds folate, a B vitamin, to your diet too, which helps to keep the nervous system healthy. Women trying for a baby in the first three months of pregnancy are advised to each more food rich in this nutrient.
- If you’re watching your weight, broad beans and peas are a good choice as they’re rich in protein – studies show protein keeps you fuller for longer. Peas also help towards iron intake – an 80g serving provides 16 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily allowance.