One of the items on this week’s menu is Chili Citrus Chicken Skillet with Black Beans and Quinoa. You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of both black beans and quinoa and we recently posted about quinoa, so let’s take a closer look at what black beans have to offer:
• One cup of cooked black beans provides
Folate (B9): 64% Daily Value
Manganese: 38% DV
Magnesium: 30% DV
Iron: 20% DV
• Bone Health
The combo of iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc in black beans all work towards building and supporting strong bones.
• Lower Blood Pressure
Black beans are naturally low in sodium and contain nutrients that have been found to help decrease blood pressure naturally including potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
• Heart Health
Black beans are naturally cholesterol-free and help contribute to your heart health by lowering cholesterol in your blood, preventing buildup in your veins, and reducing inflammation.
• Digestion and Fullness
The excellent fiber content in black beans can help prevent constipation and also help support the health bacteria in your gut. Fiber can also help you feel full and satisfied longer and help avoid overeating or unnecessary snacking.