The humble bean steps into its proper light as a powerhouse of protein and disease-fighting nutrients.
They're cheap, versatile, and chances are, they're sitting in your pantry right now. But there's more to love about beans than the way they can stretch a tight budget or make a mean burrito-these little powerhouses deliver muscle-building protein, energy-boosting carbs, heart-healthy fiber, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Plus they fill you up quickly, so you can eat less but still feel satisfied. Use beans out of the can, or soak and simmer dried varieties in a slow cooker all day for dinner tonight.