Black Bean Dip
Bean dip is a common snack in the US. It is often found among spreads set out for football games or other gatherings. And it’s usually purchased pre-made and loaded with sugar, salt, and preservatives like all other processed food. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This black bean dip is healthy, fresh, and delicious. It’s even vegan and gluten-free! It’s so good that I make a batch almost every week. Sometimes more.
It can be hard to find snacks that are both delicious and healthy. We used to eat a lot of cheese and crackers and other salty or sugary processed snacks. They’re delicious. But they don’t really offer any nutritional value and should only be consumed very rarely if at all. Lately, we’ve been trying to stay away from that stuff and we’ve had to be a little more creative with our snacking. (We really love our afternoon snacks!). That’s why I started experimenting with things like homemade hummus, salsa, baba ghanoush, and this black bean dip.
Homemade vs. Store Bought
Heather was sharing a food log with her accountability team one day, when someone noticed the bean dip and asked about it. She said that eating bean dip made her feel bloated and she wanted to know if it was the same for Heather. She said no. Not our homemade bean dip, anyway. We always make it ourselves. It’s so simple and easy. It only takes a few minutes to make. We even cook the beans ourselves with homemade vegetable broth. Dried beans are incredibly inexpensive and easy to prepare. But you can use canned beans as well. If you do use canned beans, you might want to adjust the amount of salt.
Beans are a great source of carbs and protein and should be a regular part of any healthy diet. Some nutritionists recommend eating as much as three servings of beans per day! This bean dip recipe is so easy, anyone can make it and it’s WAY more flavorful than any you would get in the store. And it’s actually fairly light and healthy! Plus, you can serve it hot or cold, with crackers, chips, or veggies. It’s delicious no matter what.