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Since commencing my new crusade on becoming vegan, I find myself eating a whole lot of beans (chick, kidney - both white and red, black beans, you name it)every day.  I'm finding it hard to digest, even though it is a good source of protein. How can I balance this digestive feeling?  What other foods can I incorporate to balance this indigestion or bloating feeling?  Will this be temporary?

 

 

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I am eating the canned versions. I rinse them first and then I eat them. What is the best way of sprouting them? I'm new to this and I want to do this the proper way. Thanks for the input!

Erin Gionet said:
What type of beans are you eating - cooked from dry, canned, sprouted? If you're not used to eating beans, the high fiber can take a while to get used to. I have read that sprouting makes legumes more digestible and can greatly reduce or eliminate the gas/bloating.
Valerie,

First thing that comes to mind is Sodium! Canned can have a lot of Sodium which will give you grief aswell. It would be cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly to buy Dry bulk beans and soak them yourself. Rinse and let stand in water overnight. Add a teaspoon apple cider vinegar to your soak water and this will help shorten some of the longer carb chains that are causing the digestive stress.

Erin was correct! sprouting will make them easier to digest and even make them more nutritious. Rinse and soak for a couple hours then strain and place strainer, beans and all into a caserole dish or something and cover with cheesecloth or a linen dishtowel (to keep out dust and let breath) overnight. Rinse again in the morning and again in the eve one more night. Beans don't need to be 'sprouts' just 'cracked' open is fine and they'll go in place of the bean in pretty much any meal.

I'm not certain how much protein you're looking to eat daily but you shouldn't need a full can of beans. With a well rounded vegan diet there should be plenty of protein available. Try varieties of proteins to give yourself a break from beans every couple days. Grains like Amaranth, Kamut, Spelt and Quinoa have high quality proteins (4g per ounce uncooked), sprout like the beans and make a nice variety.

I sprout all the time, Alfalfa, lentil, mung or adzuki bean sprouts and add them to smoothies and salad. These sprouts have another high quality array of proteins. When you start adding all these varieties up you see you get plenty protein over the course of a day. You don't want to suffer digestive anxiety...it's just another unnecessary stress.

Look at this site for nutritional data and examine some of your favorite foods and some your thinking of adding to see how much protein you are getting.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/
Thanks Jay! I always thought that "sprouting" was a tedious process, but I'll try it anyway. I am eating quinoa and spelt as well (which I love!). I tried amaranth, but it seems hard to "pop". I tend to burn them somehow, even on low heat. Is there another way of cooking them? You guys have been a great help. Thanks so much.

Jay Crawford said:
Valerie,

First thing that comes to mind is Sodium! Canned can have a lot of Sodium which will give you grief aswell. It would be cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly to buy Dry bulk beans and soak them yourself. Rinse and let stand in water overnight. Add a teaspoon apple cider vinegar to your soak water and this will help shorten some of the longer carb chains that are causing the digestive stress.

Erin was correct! sprouting will make them easier to digest and even make them more nutritious. Rinse and soak for a couple hours then strain and place strainer, beans and all into a caserole dish or something and cover with cheesecloth or a linen dishtowel (to keep out dust and let breath) overnight. Rinse again in the morning and again in the eve one more night. Beans don't need to be 'sprouts' just 'cracked' open is fine and they'll go in place of the bean in pretty much any meal.

I'm not certain how much protein you're looking to eat daily but you shouldn't need a full can of beans. With a well rounded vegan diet there should be plenty of protein available. Try varieties of proteins to give yourself a break from beans every couple days. Grains like Amaranth, Kamut, Spelt and Quinoa have high quality proteins (4g per ounce uncooked), sprout like the beans and make a nice variety.

I sprout all the time, Alfalfa, lentil, mung or adzuki bean sprouts and add them to smoothies and salad. These sprouts have another high quality array of proteins. When you start adding all these varieties up you see you get plenty protein over the course of a day. You don't want to suffer digestive anxiety...it's just another unnecessary stress.

Look at this site for nutritional data and examine some of your favorite foods and some your thinking of adding to see how much protein you are getting.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/
Thanks Erin. I will try to soak them and "sprout" them. If it takes a couple of days, so be it. I am definitely going to do this and challenge myself. I enjoy this!
Brendan once addressed this isue and he figures dry amaranth may be too dry to pop. It may need a little soaking before popping. There was a discusion a couple months ago about this and apparently quite a few people had amaranth showers in their kitchens trying to hot air pop it :) I haven't bothered with popping my Amaranth yet, but it does take longer to soak and sprout than the others. I soak my Amaranth with warm water, just shy of boiling. I bring a cup of water to steaming on the stove then pour it into a 1/2 cup rinsed amaranth, cover and let it sit like that overnight. It may not sprout after that , but it's soft and works nicely in my energy bars. Your right it sounds like a lot of work but not really. It kinda just fits into the kitchen routine and when you evaluate the health benefits it's an effort that pays forward. If you want nice bunches of bean sprouts The Bio-snacky is worth it. I love alfalfa sprouts, they are very nutritious, and my first two trays paid for the sprouter.

Have fun!
I find a large plastic container for storing flour works well for sprouting, also you can find "paint strainers" in a bag containing 3 with elastics. They fit tight over my containers and are easy to clean. Made of nylon if I recall.
I eat beans on a daily basis, at almost every meal. I try to cook them myself. I always cook my beans in the crock pot with a strip of kombu seaweed. The kombu (available at japanese markets and most whole foodsy type stores) is said to help break down the bean protein for easier digestion. I find beans a much healthier protein source than processed soy products!
Hi Valerie...here's what I learned for cooking the beans and it's been helpful. I couldn't eat beans before this. Now I eat them everyday :D

Soaking beans overnight works very well. I make sure there's extra water because the beans will expand. Also, 1" piece of Kombu. In the a.m. you'll see the bubbles on top and all around the Kombu. Rinse well, then add fresh water until you're ready to cook later that day.

When cooking, bring to a boil. For the first 5min. scoop the bubbles off the top (this is where the "gas" is) then turn down to simmer for about 30-40min. Drain and eat in your favorite dish, on salad, etc.

Have fun with all the ideas here. They are all great.

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