Love it, Like it, Hate it: Heat & Eat Red Beans

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.

Love it!

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


Like it!

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


Hate it!

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


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