Canned Beans/Lentils

Beans and lentils, which are packed with satiating protein, are an economical and convenient alternative to meat, poultry and seafood. Plus, they’re filled with fiber, which helps maintain digestive health, reduces cholesterol levels, and keeps blood sugars under control, among other benefits. And talk about convenience—canned and dried beans last for up to two years. You can substitute beans for ground meat in chili, tacos, soups, or burgers or add them to cold salads. (Dried beans require soaking first, and canned varieties come ready to enjoy.) Unlike dried beans, lentils don’t require pre-soaking and they cook up quickly. Simmer lentils with diced tomatoes and seasonings for a hearty side dish or add dry lentils to soups or stew to increase protein without relying on expensive meats.