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New Year’s Bean Soup
Today is New Year’s Day. A holiday tradition in many homes is sharing bean soup, thought to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year.
In most Southern states, the soup is made with black-eyed peas. This is actually a legume, but there are a wide range of recipes that include beans from navy to white and kidney to lima.
Beans and legumes are conveniently available dry, canned or frozen and are packed with fiber, protein and other nutrients and phytonutrients, yet contain little fat and no cholesterol. If using canned beans, look for reduced- or low-sodium versions. Draining and then rinsing canned beans is an effective way to reduce the sodium content by about 40 percent.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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Reviewed November 2012