Did you know that eating beans is beneficial for health and weight loss?
Turns out beans and other legumes like lentils are an incredible food. They have pretty much everything you need to lose weight and restore health; plus they’re inexpensive and easy to prepare. They provide an excellent source of protein and fiber, as well as a variety of micronutrients and phytochemicals.
According to research by Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest ,” beans are one of the foods most associated with longevity.
Eating beans and other legumes is also associated with a slimmer waistline and can help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
Beans for Weight Loss
If you are interested in dropping pounds or just maintaining a healthy weight, beans and legumes are one of the best foods you can add to your diet. Good news for Weight Watchers!
A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people who ate beans regularly had a 22% lower risk of obesity and were more likely to have a smaller waist than people who didn’t eat beans.
One possible explanation for this is that beans are high in soluble fiber, which slows digestion and makes you feel full longer. People who eat beans and other legumes are less hungry compared with people who eat low-fiber foods with the same amount of calories. Legume eaters also tend to consume fewer calories later in the day. Talk about a WIN-WIN!
How Many Points are Beans on Weight Watchers?
BEANS have zero Smart Points on the WW Freestyle Program. Why? Because beans and legumes have more naturally-occurring fibre than other foods, and are filling and nutritious, WW wants to encourage you to eat them. What better way than to assign them a SmartPoints value of zero?
Favorite WW Bean Recipes for Health & Weight Loss
Wanting to eat more beans but not sure where to begin? Here are some of our favorite easy tasty WW friendly bean recipes that are sure to please. You’ll find a huge selection of appetizers, dips, soups, stews, chilis, salads, skillets and even dessert using a wide variety of beans including black beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, white beans and lentils. Enjoy!
Favorite Easy Healthy WW Friendly Black Bean Recipes
Appetizers, Dips, Nachos, Salads, Soups, Burgers Main Dishes, Desserts and More Featuring Black Beans, All with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
Black beans, rice, guacamole and salsa is always a winning combination. Make your Monday meatless with this satisfying burger.
Simple and delicious, this black bean mango salsa is versatile too. Each serving has just 58 calories, 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints and is Simply Filling.
A lighter, healthier alternative to traditional rice and beans, this cauliflower rice and beans recipe makes 2 generous servings, has 4 Freestyle SmartPoints and will work with WW Simply Filling.
A lighter, healthier version of a classic, these skinny cheese and black bean nachos are hard to beat.
Easy and delicious, low fat and full of fiber, these slow cooker caribbean black beans were a hit with everyone who tried them.
A hearty easy healthy and delicious soup that comes together in minutes while tasting like it simmered much longer. The secret? Canned creamed corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes.
Simple & delicious with just 4-ingredients this soup is a winner, especially when time is of the essence!
A simple, yet zesty, Southwest shrimp black bean salad perfect for a light and healthy lunch or dinner.
I have Mom to thank for this tasty Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans, which she adapted from a Kraft recipe.
A satisfying, easy, healthy and delicious side dish or vegetarian main dish with only 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.
Low-fat, rich and fudgy black bean chocolate brownies that are as quick and easy as they are delicious.
Favorite Easy Healthy WW Friendly Pinto Bean Recipes
Appetizers, Dips, Nachos, Salads, Soups, Burgers Main Dishes, and More Featuring Pinto Beans, All with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
Easy, healthy and satisfying, these Weight Watchers Turkey Pinto Bean Burritos will quickly become a family favorite.
Simple, healthy and delicious, this slow cooker chicken and pinto bean tostada is one of those easy dump and go crock pot recipes perfect for busy days.
Super simple with just 5 ingredients, this slow cooker baked bean soup is easy, healthy and deliciously satisfying.
Nicely spiced and aromatic, Crock Pot Moroccan Baked Beans go perfect with grilled meats and vegetables.
The Tex-Mex winning combination of chili, chocolate and cumin won’t disappoint. Light yet flavorful, this recipe makes enough for a crowd.
A super-simple, basic, no frills recipe, this slow cooker 3-bean turkey chili is a winner at our house.
New England Style Slow Cooker Baked Beans, cook up hearty, satisfying and delicious.
This simple and delicious Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Burritos Recipe is a fresh and healthy way to satisfy a Mexican craving for a lot less calories and points than your favorite Mexican restaurant meal.
Crock Pot Refried bean dip, a light and delicious way to enjoy your next party without packing on the pounds!
Favorite Easy Healthy WW Friendly White Bean Recipes
Soups, Salads, Stove Top and Slow Cooker Main Dishes, and More Featuring White Beans (AKA Great Northern or Canneliini Beans, All with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
My new favorite way to cook dried beans is in the slow cooker. Make a big batch and then store them in small containers in the freezer to use in salads, soups, stews, pastas and dips.
This Italian slow cooker pork and white beans stew is easy, healthy, hearty and delicious. Perfect when the weather turns cool.
With Italian-style chicken sausage, tons of veggies, beans, and escarole, this low calorie soup is sure to make your belly warm, full, and happy. Substitute escarole with any leafy green of your choice if you prefer.
Easy, healthy, satisfying and flavorful, we really enjoyed these slow cooker Creole White Beans with Chicken recipe. It’s one we were happy to eat several times during the week. Serve in a bowl like chile or over rice.
This Weight Watchers Crock Pot White Beans and Shrimp, from their One Pot Cookbook, is an easy, healthy and delicious dinner perfect any time of year.
A tasty, easy healthy way to satisfy a pizza craving, this tex-mex inspired chicken flatbread recipe with salsa verde, white beans and corn will keep you from feeling hungry for hours.
A quick and easy soup using just a handful of ingredients that’s surprisingly satisfying.
Tuna and white beans make a great summer lunch or light dinner. Serve it on a bed of greens or with thinly sliced garden fresh tomatoes and crusty bread.
This slow cooker bean and cabbage soup is easy, healthy & satisfying with just 198 calories, 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints & works with Simply Filling.
Favorite Easy Healthy WW Friendly Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Recipes
Dips, Salads, Soups, Main Dishes, and More Featuring Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), All with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
Try this colorful medley as a main course or serve alongside grilled fish for a meal that is high in protein and bursting with flavor.
This vegetarian salad works well during the holidays and is also a welcome quick addition year round to meals.
A Mediterranean-inspired salad that’s delicious on a bed of greens or as a satisfying side dish, this is another one of those winning Weight Watchers Recipes from the Weight Watchers Weekly.
An easy, healthy and delicious variation of one of my favorite salads of all time – Greek Salad – this one chopped with chickpeas for added protein.
Even if you don’t like beets, there’s a good chance you’ll like this slightly sweet & salty red beet hummus!
This quick and easy one-pot vegetable curry is an easy, healthy 0 SmartPoints dinner perfect for vegetarians and vegans, or anyone looking for a low calorie meal idea!
Favorite Easy Healthy WW Friendly Lentil Recipes
Soups, Stews, Chilis, Skillets Dinners, and More Featuring Lentils, All with WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
Simple & delicious Vegetarian Lentil Chili you make in the crock pot. Low calorie with Zero WW Freestyle SmartPoints
This slow cooker lentil stew with sausage is a deliciously simple slow cooker soup your whole family will love.
Lighter, brighter and quicker to make than other legume soups, this spicy red lentil vegetarian soup with lemon is one of my favorites.
This simple sausage stew with lentils is deliciously satisfying and good for you too.
This lemony lentil quinoa salad is light yet substantial. It will work as both a side dish and light lunch or supper.
Easy, healthy and delicious this Weight Watchers Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Soup is one of my favorites.
This easy, hearty, and flavorful savory slow cooker brown rice and lentils was a surprise hit with the whole family when I made it recently.
3-Ingredient slow cooker barbecue lentils, an easy, hearty and deliciously satisfying meatless meal your family will love.
All the ingredients of a great tabbouleh and lentils turned into a hearty, satisfying soup with only 2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints!
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