Wellness Wednesdays: Are Refried Beans Healthy?

Are Refried Beans Healthy?

Refried beans are extremely high in protein and fiber. In addition, beans are filled with delicious anti-oxidants for added heart health. For those that focus on mega-3 fatty acids, few things are as easy to obtain or purchase as beans. If you are looking for a healthier diet, refried beans are full of molybdenum, folate, manganese, phosphorus, iron, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), and magnesium.

If you want those healthy refried beans, stay away from the animal fats often used in making refried beans. There are healthier alternatives that will steer you clear of the saturated fats that can lead to heart disease and other health problems.

When looking for a delicious addition to a healthy diet, refried beans can be your greatest supporter.

Bean and Cheese Burritos

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Makes 8 burritos Serving Size: 1 burrito

8 count tortillas (no more than 150 calories)
1 (16 ounce) cans Organic refried beans (you can use whatever brand you like)
16 ounce package shredded taco cheese

Prep Day: Lay tortillas flat and spread ¼ cup refried beans around center. Sprinkle ¼ cup shredded cheese on refried beans. Roll up into a burrito. Repeat with each burrito.

Freezing Directions: Wrap burrito in plastic wrap. Place all of the wrapped burritos in a labeled freezer bag.

Serve Day: Take burrito out of freezer bag and remove plastic wrap. Wrap in paper towel and microwave for 1 -2 minutes or until heated through.

Serve with salsa or condiment of your choice and enjoy. Remember to count the calories of anything you add to this meal.

Approximate nutritional information: Calories: 305 * Carbs: 35 * Fat: 13 * Protein: 13 * Fiber: 5

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