Adzuki beans are small, red legumes with a mild flavor. These little beans were foreign to me before I first started the Thrive diet. And they were even harder to find in the store. While they are slowly becoming a little more mainstream, they still are fairly uncommon to most people. But their unique uses and nutritional profile make them a gem for recipes and meals.
Loaded with protein and fiber, these little red beans pack a hefty nutritional punch. Iron, folate, potassium, manganese, phosphate, and zinc round out the micronutrient profile. These nutrients combine to create a food that are more digestible than other beans and are beneficial to low calorie and low fat diets.
The high protein, low fat profile of adzuki beans helps with satiety, digestive health, and muscle repair. Pregnant women benefit from the relatively high folate and iron content, while potassium and manganese can help manage blood pressure and muscle contractions.
Give these little red gems a sweet or savory spin with one of these recipes: