Healthy Beans

Beans go well beyond the few kidneys in your chili. It has been shown to improve your risk of heart disease if you add just ½ cup of beans to your diet each day.  There are insanely delicious ways to accomplish this starting with adding canned chick peas to salads to including hummus on every sandwich.  They don’t need to play a starring role in the day, even a handful of roasted soybeans as a snack can help.  That said, there is nothing like a French inspired cassoulet to warm up a day.  This bean dish often has sausage and or poultry stewed in but a vegetarian version is great as a side dish when you have a flexitarian household to keep happy.  Here’s a simple cassoulet recipe to get you started.

Theresa Albert, a yummymummyclub alum is a foodie who happens to be a nutritionist and not the other way around. She loves to explore food and the culture of food and all of the human love/hate rituals that surround it. Her new book Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck (McClelland & Stewart) is a fun, practical guide to making tasty, changes for improved health using morsels of information and delicious, healthy recipes. Her television show "Just One Bite" aired on the Food Network for over two years in a daily time slot and still appears on BBC kids, it introduced her energetic style to millions. She is also the author of Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day.

Definitely not a finger wagger, as a registered nutritionist, Theresa Albert, DHN, RNCP, has a passion for simple, honest solutions to today's lifestyle choices. In addition to her private practice at the Toronto Clinic, she has provided content and comment for every major Canadian broadcaster and is forever pushing the bologna out of lunchboxes and out of the news media. As an avid social media user, blogger/writer and as a parent, she understands the struggles of balancing priorities in real life. In print newspapers and magazines, you will often see her quoted when an issue needs common sense clarification. 

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