IS BEANS ON TOAST A HEALTHY OPTION FOR DINNER?
We’ve all been there. After a long, hard day at work, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is cooking a meal.
So, you opt for a dinner that’s ready in less than five minutes – classic baked beans on toast. But, how does this dinner stack up in the nutrition stakes?
Baked beans on toast isn’t baked beans on toast without the toast. And I’m all for a good slice or two.
So many people try to avoid bread, but let me tell you, bread is actually a healthy food. Repeat, bread is perfectly healthy.
So much so, it’s actually part of one of our core food groups.
Of course, there are healthier varieties of bread, and it’s important that you choose one of these instead of the standard white loaf.
I always recommended a brown, grainy variety as a staple in the kitchen. Wholegrain options are full of fibre, are nutrient-dense and have a low GI, so you’ll stay full and feel satisfied for longer.
Legumes in general are what I call a superfood. Seriously, move over spirulina powder, goji berries and acai bowls.
Quality carbohydrates, plant-based protein and fibre are all features of the humble legume. What’s more, they’re also super economical, so your wallet will be happy, too.
Legumes are so good for you that a higher consumption of them has even been linked to a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
In terms of baked beans, it’s important to choose a salt-reduced variety that’s also low in sugar and you’re off to a good start.
You might have guessed it, but I’m a big fan of baked beans on toast. It is certainly a perfectly acceptable choice when you don’t have a lot of time to cook dinner.