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July 3rd is National Eat Beans Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then open wide because it's National Eat Beans Day!  There has to be at least one type of bean you enjoy!  Let's get right into celebrating National Eat Beans Day!  

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, as with a lot of food holidays, the celebration is usually based around the fact that a ton of people love eating what ever the holiday is for. But the fact that they're telling you to eat beans makes me think that the reason for today is not just because people love beans. No, I think that on average we're slacking on our bean eating! So some may love beans enough to celebrate them but others need a little reminder to chomp on these tiny little treats.  We must just be smothered with too much other good food to really pay much attention to beans these days, but that wasn't always the case. I mean, beans have been around longer than a lot of the other plants we grow to chomp on. You see them pop up even before ceramics were around, way back in the early seventh millennium BC in Thailand. The Egyptians stored them with their dead. And there were even beans found in theGuitarrero Cave in Peru that date back to the second millennium BC!

But there's a reason we keep growing them... there are so many different types of beans that at least one will make you say "mmm" AND they're good for you! So I don't care if you like chickpeas, peas, lentils, lima beans, soybeans or kidney beans... you're getting something good in you when you eat them! You're getting a good amount of fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein and even some minerals like iron.  So eat up!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you have some beans in your house already you can make sure to add them to your meals today. Pop open a can or start soaking some beans so that you can get these little deals up in ya! Get creative or just go with something basic like baked beans and hot dogs; it's up to you!

But if you don't have any in your house and want to celebrate without too much work then head on over to your favorite restaurant. I'm willing to bet that almost all restaurants have a handful of different dishes that include beans in them. So scan the menu and choose wisely, but don't be afraid to order something you don't normally get.  And then of course you can go bean shopping at your local grocery store! Check out their selection of fresh, canned and dried beans so you can go on a bean adventure when you get home. If I were you I'd be looking for some random beans I've never had before or I would already have a recipe in mind and would go with the freshest of fresh beans. So what do you think... do you want to try a new bean or a new recipe?  Enjoy your day; it's bean great celebrating with you!





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