Beans are a nutritious, high-protein food that compliment a lot of dishes and can be eaten at any meal.

5 reasons why you should include beans in your diet:
1. they help maintain a healthy colon
2. helps prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and keep your weight in check
3. beans are loaded with antioxidants
4. bulk organic beans are relatively inexpensive
5. beans are easy to store, have a long shelf life, and are easy to cook

5 tips for cooking beans:
1. Wash beans thoroughly
2. Soak beans overnight to make them more digestible and to reduce the cooking time
3. Cook them in the same water you soaked them in for more nutrients
4. Bean to water ratio is 1:2
5. 1 cup of dry beans yields about 2-2.5 cups of cooked beans

5 recipes to try (use organic ingredients when possible):
1. Three bean salad
2. Baked Halibut with Pineapple-Black Bean Salsa
3. Black Bean Breakfast Burrito
4. 13-bean chili
5. Lentil soup

Tipoftheday When possible, buy uncooked beans in the bulk section of the grocery store instead of buying canned beans. By doing this you'll avoid preservatives, excess sodium, and possible BPA-contaminated cans. Learn how to cook beans properly here. Note that raw kidney beans contain a toxin that can only be destroyed through cooking, so never eat them raw or undercooked.