They’re known to be affordable, enjoyable meal staples. But choosing quality beans can vary according to type, texture, nutritional value and personal preference. Use these guidelines to bet on the best bean:
- Dry beans are in season all year long and can be found in many colors, sizes, and varieties. They can also be found canned and frozen.
- Look for these varieties of dry beans: garbanzo (chickpeas), blackeye peas (cowpeas), lentils, navy, lima, pinto, kidney, and black beans. Try these other good or excellent sources of plant protein: nuts, peanut butter, peas, sunflower seeds, and soybeans (as edamame or tofu).
- Choose loose, dry beans that have similar size and color.
- Pick low sodium frozen or canned beans.
- Store dry beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place.
- Keep a small supply of canned or frozen beans on hand for last minute additions to soups, casseroles, and quesadillas.