I don’t know about you but I had a wonderful holiday week. Actually, it is going to continue a bit this weekend with a little New Year’s celebration.
Admittedly, I overindulged. I knew what I was doing and I was okay with it at the time. Generally speaking, I eat very well. I enjoy eating healthy but also enjoy a little sweetness in my daily routine. However, I ate a lot and I ate a lot of some not so healthy foods last week. It was fun. But now I feel a bit puffy and sluggish.
Nothing feels better after a little overindulging, than to get back on the healthy bandwagon. One thing that is great for your body and belly is beans. Beans are a powerhouse of nutritional goodness.
When we walked in the door from a week away, we had very few things in the refrigerator or cupboard. However, anytime I got to the grocery store and they have a sale on canned goods, I stock up. Mary loves chili and I love that she is a fan of beans.
I quickly went to town making this “salad.” I knew she would gobble it up. I also knew that it would fill the rest of us up and leave our bellies feeling a little better. One thing that happens when I eat a bit differently than normal is that I get horrible heart burn. Giving your belly a little “reboost” can help to reset your body.
This recipe is super simple and likely already in your kitchen. Here are a few benefits of this fun “salad.”
Black beans: are packed full of fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6 and folate. They are low in cholesterol and heart healthy.
Garbanzo beans: are high in fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium, and iron. They are low in fat and calories and again are really great for your heart healthy lifestyle.
Kidney beans: are high in protein, fiber, iron, potassium, maganese, Vitamin B1, and folate.
Corn: is also high in fiber, and a wonderful antioxidant. Antioxidants help repair damage from cancer causing agents in our bodies. Chemicals in this vegetable also help improve vision.
Red onions: continue on our healthy eating plan by packing in calcium, folate, thiamine, potassium, magnesium, and Vitamins C, K and B6.
Our bodies rely on a variety of these minerals and vitamins. Getting an abundance helps to ensure that we keep our bodies functioning and healthy.
So how do we make this super simple salad?
1 can black beans, drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can sweet corn, drained
1 small red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Drain all of the canned vegetables and rinse in a colander. Chop the red onion and add all ingredients to a bowl. Toss with EVOO. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a little balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar to give a little kick.
I love adding this on top of my green salads. It also tastes delicious with a little salsa and a dash of cheese. This is a great one to make a big batch and add to other dishes throughout the week.