Red beans are a quintessential New Orleans favorite, but not everyone has the time or the skill to make red beans from scratch. Today we re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst of ready-made, heat & eat red beans and you may be surprised to learn that there s actually a very healthy option!
Red bean stats, by the cup (for freshly-cooked red beans):
- 225 calories, 40 grams carb, 11 grams fiber, 15 grams protein
- >50% more potassium than a banana (717 mg), 22% DV for iron, 58% DV for folate
- Ounce-for-ounce, red beans have a higher concentration of antioxidants than the same amount of blackberries, garlic, raspberries, blueberries or almonds.
Blue Runner Red Beans, Creole Cream Style, No Salt Added
Per half-cup serving: 130 calories, 22 grams carb, 6 grams fiber, 9 grams protein, 35 mg sodium
Blue Runner Red Beans, Creole Cream Style and New Orleans Spicy Cream Style
Per half-cup serving: 130 calories, 22 grams carb, 6 grams fiber, 9 grams protein, 440 mg sodium
Camelia Red Beans & Rice
Per one-cup serving (two per container): 150-160 calories, 27-28 grams carb, 7 grams fiber, 10 grams protein, 660 mg sodium
Main drawback compared to Blue Runner: is made with white rice & contains nitrites