We’re right in the middle of winter, which means bone-chilling temperatures, snow storms and the dreaded flu season. There are many things you can do this winter to avoid getting sick, including eating right and getting plenty of rest. Health experts say proper nutrition and lots of sleep help the body build stronger defenses. Whole foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins are key and studies have shown it’s not just blueberries that are chock full of antioxidants, but beans, nuts and spices have high antioxidant content as well. Small red beans and black beans are listed in the United States Department of Agriculture’s top 20 for antioxidants. Soybeans may not be famously known for containing antioxidants, but they do their part in keeping you healthy. Soybeans contain high levels of tocopherols, which have antioxidant properties. Also soy is a strong source of protein and is especially important because protein supplies the amino acids that build the components of the immune system. In fact, soybeans are the only plant sources that contain all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
Pairing soy with lean meats, dark leafy greens and other whole foods is a great way to build up your defenses for not just the winter, but all year long. And what could be easier than 3 Bean Chilli? Make a double batch and freeze leftovers for later.