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How To Eat Beans – 30+ Delicious and Unique Ways!

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Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you… If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you know how the rest of that goes. Beans get a bad rap for obvious reasons. But they truly are magical food! Black beans, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, black-eyed peas, kidney or red beans, or adzuki beans. There are so many delicious varieties and ways to eat beans!

If you’re like me and have a pantry full of cans of beans staring at you, here are some unique and delicious ways to eat beans, so here you go, friends, your “Into class on how to eat beans!”

Photo of several different kinds of dry beans with wording on the image - 30 unique and delicious ways to eat more beans
Beans, beans, the magical food.

Before diving into all the tasty bean recipes, let’s answer why we should eat beans.

  • They have been shown to help lower blood pressure.
  • They have complex carbohydrates – which provide long-lasting energy and fuel for your body.
  • They contain many essential nutrients
  • They are a great source of protein-based protein.
  • They are an excellent source of fiber.
  • Great source of protein in general, regardless of whether you eat plant-based or not.
  • They help stabilize blood sugar levels.

That’s the good news: beans are tasty and versatile; they will help add a huge nutrient punch to your daily diet and offer many health benefits. So no matter what variety of beans you prefer, they are a great way to increase protein and complex carbohydrates daily and can make a complete meal.

Now that we know the health benefits, let’s get into creative ways to eat more beans – the magical food!

Beans for breakfast, you betcha! These recipes look like the perfect start to ANY Day! 

Image of Chocolate Black bean muffins! A great way to eat more beans
Beans for Breakfast, don’t mind if I do!

Moving on to Lunch – Easy Ways To Eat Beans At Lunch! 

Photo of a roasted chick pea gyro
The perfect lunch, in my eyes!

Bean Snack + Dips — Ummmm, Yes, Please! Beans make a great addition to snack time!

Photo of black bean dip another delicious way to eat beans!
Black Bean Dip Always Hits

 Salads and Dinner Ideas – Yep, you can EAT Beans ALL Day Long! 

Photo of Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad looks so refreshing served in a white bowl
The perfect light dinner for spring and summer!

And Let US NOT Forget About Dessert! They are even tasty ways to up your bean intake with dessert!

Photo of dark chocolate black bean brownies
Beans and Brownies? – Yes, please!

If you were looking for a good reason to up your bean intake, I just provided you with over 30 delicious and mouth-watering recipes to help you eat a lot of beans. So have fun and go nuts trying these amazing and fun ways to up your bean intake. Beans are an excellent source of protein and rich in dietary fiber, all things that will help you live your best life!

And if you are worried about being “musical,” try a pre-biotic when eating beans. It will help with gestational issues that may arise and upset your digestive system.

Which of these tasty, delicious bean recipes are you most excited to try?! And that, my friend, is how to eat beans! (In the tastiest and most delicious ways!)

Happy Eats!

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  1. Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife) says:

    Can I just try one of everything please! Wowzo this all looks amazing. I have chickpeas in my salad right now. 🙂

    1. That sounds yummy! I’ll have to try that 🙂

  2. Alysia at Slim Sanity says:

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome those burgers LOOK Ahh-maZing!!

  3. Great list!! Thanks for sharing these ideas 🙂

  4. Thank you SO much for including my Black Bean “Meatball” recipe! 🙂

  5. I just made myself a chocolate black bean smoothie!! it’s amazing!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Why are there so many exclamation marks in this article? I counted 66

    1. I love that you took the time to count. What can I say I super enthusiastic about beans 😉

  7. I wish you could have reposted the recipes here and not just links.
    Many of these links no longer function


    1. Thank you, to be fair to the other publishers, I cannot do that 🙁 but I definitely will update this post – so there are no nad links! That is super frustrating. I apologize!

  8. 5 stars
    This is such an awesome list for beans! I had no idea about the sweet recipes!

  9. 5 stars
    Love this list!! I love adding beans to recipes & always need more ideas!! Can’t wait to try some of these!!

  10. This was actually a pretty interesting read. I am definitely going to try the black bean brownies! I would have never thought you can make something so tasty out of beans!!

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