Health Tips by Tasneem Legohn, RD

The Mighty Bean

Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and beans can easily be added to any meal though the day. For breakfast, try beans on toast with avocado. For lunch, try using hummus (made from garbanzo beans) instead of mayo for the spread. For dinner, try topping your salad with beans or try adding beans to your favorite hot or cold pasta dish. Eat Well, Live Well. Tasneem Legohn, RD

Summer Season Goodness

'Tis the season to indulge in flavorful, sweet and nutrient rich gems: summer fruits! Summer is my favorite produce season because there is so much variety- melon, berries, peaches, mango, and everything else! So stock up on your favorite fruits this season and enjoy! Eat Well, Live Well. Tasneem Legohn, RD

Snack on Popcorn

Choose popcorn over chips to get that satisfying crunch without sacrificing extra calories. Popcorn is a source of fiber and is a low fat snack as well! Choose popcorn without added flavorings or sugar and try seasoning your popcorn with chili powder, lemon juice, or parmesan cheese (that way you know the simple ingredients in your popcorn). Eat Well, Live Well.

Happy Caribbean-American Month!

Celebrate this month by making a classic, protein rich dish that is sure to please everyone: Peas and rice. The peas often used include: red beans (kidney beans), black eyes peas, and pigeon peas (all are a great source of protein and the choice of bean is up to you). Peas and rice can be eaten alone or with curried meat and plantain (my favorite combo!) Peas and Rice Recipe: 1/2 cup red kidney beans (dry) (or use a 15oz can, drained, for a quick method, directions below) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 cups coconut milk 1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional) 1 small onion (finely chopped) 2 cloves garlic (minced) 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 3 sprigs thyme 2 cups long grain brown rice

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