Beans are a very versatile vegetable that are so rich in fiber and protein, they can easily take the place of a meat in a meal. There are many kinds of beans such as red beans, pinto beans, black beans, navy beans, butter beans and kidney beans. They can also be served as a side dish vegetable and are delicious in a salad too. You will often find beans in a casserole or as part of a recipe such as burritos.

Talk about loaded with nutrients! Beans are bursting with vitamins and minerals. They are rich in Vitamin B, iron, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. They are high in anti-oxidants and help reduce the risk of diabetes, colorectal cancer and heart disease. Although some consider beans high in calories, they are actually very conducive for weight management. In addition to the nutritional benefits, beans have big budget benefits too. They are extremely affordable.

Chances are that beans aren’t exactly your children’s favorite food. They most likely aren’t their most dreaded food either. Kids are generally “take it or leave it” when it comes to them. But you can change that by serving up delicious dishes that they will love. You will find plenty of them on this site.

When you get creative with beans, your children will become more excited about them. My Kale and White Beans Soup is a great way to raise their appreciation of the bountiful bean. It is a unique soup that is absolutely delicious for children and parents alike.

You might also add a little trivia to your family dinner time with this fun fact about the bean. Did you know that there are some beans that actually jump? They are called Mexican Jumping Beans. The reason they jump is because they have larvae in them that causes them to move about. This might not be the most appetizing tidbit of information for Mom and Dad but you can bet the children will be intrigued.