Are refried beans really fried beans, fried again?

Nope. and Nope.

Refried beans, a staple side dish at Mexican restaurants, are really just cooked pinto beans sauteed in with some flavorings (onion/garlic/spices) and fat (oil or lard..or whatever is on hand), and then mashed. Simple!

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Refried beans. Picture taken from http://www.seriouseats.com

The word “refried” seems to conjure up images of deep frying something..twice. But refried beans are anything but.

Refried beans comes from the Spanish words frijoles refritos, which means well-fried beans. Usually the prefix “Re” in English means “again” or “repetition”, so we get confused and think that Re-fried means fried again. However in Spanish, refritos it means “well” or “very” fried. The beans are actually only “fried” once. And by that we mean that the beans are added to a pan of onions which are sauteed or cooked in some oil.

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Nutritionally, refried beans are amazing and have a LOT to offer. Why?

First off, refried beans are primarily BEANS. Beans have tons of fiber, protein, and iron. Beans themselves have very little to no fat. This is where the “refried” part comes in! A few tablespoons of fat in a recipe of refried beans adds exactly just a little bit per serving. Fat is great for our bodies because it helps us absorb those fat-soluble vitamins D, E, A,ย  and K.

Try cooking some refried beans to help you understand how EASY it is to make! And how nutritious it is for your body! Check out this nutrition summary of refried beans.

Don’t let the media scare you away from “fried” anything! Words (or the names of dishes) do not mean anything about a particular food. “Fried” does not equate with “bad”. NO FOODS ARE BAD! Do research, and then decide how particular foods can fit into your diet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy eating! Please comment below on refried beans! Did you know what they were before reading this post? What do you think about their nutrition?

 

Is there Pumpkin in that Starbucks drink?

October means Fall, which really means—hellllllo Pumpkin EVERYTHING. But the one thing that is most frequently associated with the changing of the seasons is the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

Do you like ’em?

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (taken from starbucks.com)

Well if you do drink the occasional (or every-day-until-next-fall) Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, make sure you understand its nutrition!!

Because once you understand the nutrition of the foods you are consuming, you will see that there are no bad foods! All foods offer nutrition. And with knowledge of nutrition, we can make the best choices for our bodies and well-being! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Knowledge is power! And we can share our knowledge with our friends and loved ones..so they can make the best choices for their bodies!

So what exactly is in a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte?

Answer: WE DON’T (exactly) KNOW!! Starbucks does not list the ingredients on their web page.

However, they do list nutritional info. And we can see that in the 16 oz, 2% milk, whipped cream topped pumpkin spice latte–there are 13 g of fat, 49 g of SUGAR, 14 g of protein, 15% Vitamin A, and 50% Calcium.

One thing that stands out from this list is the whopping 49 grams of sugar. That is A LOT of sugar!!! Which is not a BAD thing! Sugar is NOT bad! But we need to make educated choices. Recommended sugar intake is around 25 grams per day.

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We can’t tell you to what to consume, but we can present the nutritional facts.

Another blogger has posted some further research into the ingredients list.

Whether you choose to drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte or not, you should be happy with your choice. If you decide you are fine without it, then don’t.

If you want to drink one, then savor it. Savor the taste, and envision the nutrients nourishing your body, giving you life and energy!

Please don’t food-shame!

HAPPY FALL!!!! Happy Pumpkin Season! Now tell us, should Starbucks be required to list the ingredients in its drinks?

 

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!!ย 

There’s something about the combination of peanut butter and jelly smushed in between soft bread. It’s timeless. It is delicious. Oh and did we mention..It’s NUTRITIOUS!!!!!

Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)
Probably the best sandwich ever invented. (photo taken from cnn.com)

So what nutrients does our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich offer?

Well, for one–PROTEIN! This comes from the peanuts (which is actually a “legume” or bean if you didn’t know!). And then there is FAT–this comes from the peanuts too. CARBOHYDRATES!–this comes from the jelly and bread, and a little from the peanuts.

Protein, fat, and carbohydrates are the three macronutrients we need for survival. We also need a balance of micronutrients–aka vitamins and minerals.

The classic PB&J also has many micronutrients to offer to our bodies as well. For example–iron (from the peanuts, and bread).

And the best part about the peanut butter jelly sandwich, is that is really is just a template for a thousand other delicious recipes that have a great balance of nutrition.

Almond butter and banana on a pita? YUM. Cashew spread and apple slices on ciabatta? Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal? The possibilities are endless!

Tell us- What is your favorite Peanut Butter and Jelly variation?