Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. And let's just leave it at that. Seriously, though, beans are a powerhouse food. They are chock full of fiber and protein and provide you with healthy dietary fat. Their low glycemic index means that they release energy over time into your bloodstream -- leaving you feeling more full and satisfied, without a sugar or fat crash.
Because you can buy beans dry and in bulk, they're an extremely economical food. Plus you have a ton to choose from -- black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans and more. If you don't want to buy them dry, pick them up in convenient cans. They're still inexpensive -- about 50 cents per serving.
You can add beans to just about anything -- soups, salads, chili -- or just eat them on their own.