When our nutrition experts here at Healthline talk, we listen. And they say we should be eating more legumes.
Here’s why these goodies are good for you — and why it’s time to stock up on lentils, black beans, and chickpeas.
First, legumes are a family of nutrient-dense plants the include:
They’re rich in many nutrients, including potassium, iron, and magnesium. One cup of cooked black beans contains 120 milligrams of magnesium (30 percent of the recommended daily intake).
Legumes are also a trusted source of protein for vegetarians.
Because legumes are rich in fiber and have a low glycemic index (GI), they may lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar control, and decrease heart disease risk.
Bonus: Legumes are super affordable!
So we scoured Instagram and found the coolest ways to cook with legumes — for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.
Chickpea (Socca) Pancakes with Harissa Yogurt Sauce via @cottercrunch
Zoodle Goddess Pad Thai Bowl via @cookingforpeanuts
Lentil Cakes with Zhoug Yogurt and Kale Slaw via @feastingathome
Savory Yogurt Bowls with Cucumber Melon Salad and Warm, Spicy Chickpeas via @luisegreenkitchenstories
Charred Red Cabbage with Hummus via @canadianliving
Buddha Bowl with Spinach, Kale, Roasted Chickpeas, and Avocado via @wellandfull
Burrata with Lentils and Basil Vinaigrette via @smittenkitchen
Pumpkin Lentil Falafel via @blissfulbasil
Black Bean Salad via @foodnessgracious
Pea Pasta with Goat Cheese Sauce via @naturallyella
Easy Lentil Stew via @elavegan
Red Curry Lentils via @pinchofyum
Black Bean Cupcakes via @larafrendjian