Spill the beans

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During winter, it can be hard to eat healthy, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Most fruits and vegetables are not in season, and meat is one of the only available protein sources. If you are struggling to find a new source of protein and vitamins, beans are the answer. There are thousands of types of beans. Local supermarkets hold a large variety of beans. From black to pinto to fava, beans are a healthy addition to your diet.

Beans also contain large amounts of fiber, a type of carbohydrate that aids digestion and improves the overall function of the intestines. Fiber also helps to curb hunger, making you feel full even when eating less. The copious amounts of vitamins and minerals in beans makes them the perfect health food.

Cooking with beans is easy and fun to do. Here are a few delicious recipes for meals using beans:

Savory Garbanzo Beans and Spinach

Recipe from Tastemade

2 slices bacon, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 1 (6 oz) container baby spinach, washed