Thrive: Boost Your Health with Beans

Where can you get a boost of plant protein, fiber, important antioxidant phytochemicals and carbohydrate fuel—all in one food? BEANS !

Beans give your stomach a sense of fullness during meals and the feeling tends to stay for a long time after as well. And beans tend not to raise blood sugars like other carbohydrate-containing foods, probably due to their impressive doses of fiber and protein.

Beans and legumes are also top performers in R&DE’s Performance Dining Program with suggested activity in 5 themes: Brain Performance, Enhanced Immunity, Anti- Inflammatory, Antioxidant, and Sports Performance.

A half-cup of beans offer:

• 22 grams of carbohydrates

• 8 grams of fiber

• 8 grams of protein

• Key vitamins (folic acid, B vitamins)

• Key minerals (such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.)

Boost your health by enjoying beans in your dining hall—look for them at the salad bar and in the hot foods station several times a week.

—ELAINE MAGEE

STANFORD DINING WELLNESS AND PERFORMANCE DINING NUTRITIONIST

For more information, contact Elaine: nutritionist@stanford.edu