adzuki beans

Fitdough on Friday

Well this week went by fast, wow!

I’m going to get straight to business with a new dessert that has uber amounts of protein, fiber and delipsch health benefits…aka a justifiable reason to eat the entire bowl ๐Ÿ˜‰

My girl Stacey (who is freezing her booty off in Canada) hoped on my FitDough bandwagon and spreading the love. She will also be partaking in my Advocare 24 Day Challenge soon, stay tuned!

So this new version of my cookie dough done right came from a trip to a health food store where I found a new bean to work with.

Food Fact Friday: Adzuki Beans

adzuki beansSource

Another fun fact: If you have ever had Red Bean Ice Cream at a Japanese restaurant…you can thank these bad boys for the delipschness.

Check out the nutritional stats on these bad boys…

adzuki nutrition facts

Health Benefits:

Heart Health
Adzuki beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which helps to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range. They also contain folate, potassium, and magnesium, all of which are essential for a healthy heart.

Digestive Health
The fiber in adzuki beans helps to keep the digestive system running smoothly, prevents constipation and may help to prevent colon cancer <<SCORE!

Diabetes Prevention
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels also help to prevent and treat diabetes. Being diagnosed with diabetes means that your body cannot keep blood sugar levels in balance – the fiber and nutrients in beans helps to keep them at normal levels.

Weight Loss

The fiber in adzuki beans fills your stomach and keeps you feeling satiated longer. They are also high in protein which helps to keep blood sugar levels low and which, in turn, may help to keep weight off.

B Vitamins

Adzuki beans are a good way to get B vitamins, including B6, B2, B1, B3, and folic acid.

Liver Detox
Just a quarter cup of adzuki beans contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of molybdenum, a trace mineral that produces the enzyme sulfite oxidase which is crucial for liver detoxification.

Trace Minerals
In addition to being a great source of the trace mineral molybdenum, they also contain good amounts of copper, zinc, and manganese.

A bean that is good and good for you is just plain delipsch! I blended these little bundle of nutritional love into FIT DOUGH (cookie dough done right). Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

fitdough

– In food processor, blend 1/2 cup peanuts and 1/2 cup oats (then place in a bowl)

– In same food processor, blend 1 1/4 cups cooked Adzuki Beans with 1/4 cup Almond Milk

-Add Nut/Oat mixture with 1-2 T organic dark brown sugar, 1 t baking powder, 2 Almond Joy creamers (the ones you get for coffee)…blend away.

-Add 1 heaping scoop Garden of Life Raw Vanilla Protein (because you can never have enough protein) Blend again and adjust consistency to your liking. I added a dash more almond milk…

-Spoon on mix into bowl and add as much Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips as necessary ๐Ÿ™‚

-Allow to set up in the fridge for at least 30 minutes…ENJOY!!!!

I challenge you to find a new food to work with this weekend. I was able to come up with a few recipes for Adzuki Beans that are nutritionally dense and delipsch (will post the rest soon). ย Moral of the story here is to get creative. Whether it is in the kitchen, in the gym, or trying a new restaurant…just try something new. Become uncomfortable. Share what new food, workout or restaurant you tried this week or weekend to be featured on an upcoming post!

Enjoy your Friday, Cheers! I hope you have a delipsch day.

 

 

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