This Black Bean Dip is our revolutionary new snack!
It was originally created as a filling for a much larger meal but it tastes so good and brings so many health benefits we decided that it deserved it’s very own page and recipe.
We know that good, healthy food can most definitely taste as delicious as or (much!) better than all the unhealthy crap lining the shelves around us. The proof is in the pudding (or dip), as they say.
And indeed it is. This high protein dip is awesome enough to replace regular high calorie/high fat dips for whichever occasion they’re needed, whether it’s at a party or just for munching at home. In fact, and in my humble opinion, it tastes so simplistically natural it’s worth just spreading on toast as a post-workout snack! The dark, almost nutty black beans are offset by the citrusy lime, and the ginger gives an unexpected, but very welcome kick.
But don’t take our word for it – try it and see for yourself!
If you’ve been following our blog with any regularity then you’ll know we’re in the middle of a Body Transformation Challenge (you haven’t?? Shame on you!) and we’ve been testing and reviewing new fitness apps and regimes such as Freeletics (spoiler: it’s great!)
Anyhoo, a key component of getting fitter and stronger has always been, and will probably always be a good intake of quality protein. Sure you can shovel down mouthful after mouthful of expensive protein powder, but there have got to be better ways, haven’t there?
Health Benefits – High Protein Black Bean Lime Dip
Once again, beans are the focus of the week. Of all foods they have the very best ratio of protein-fiber value, so you know you’re taking care of muscle fatigue, regeneration and stimulating new growth. The protein-fiber level is also great for blood-sugar levels, and current research is being undertaken to see how black beans can help with type 2 diabetes (1).
Need more? The high level of magnesium in black beans is just fantastic – magnesium is critical for so many different areas of our bodies – including bone integrity, energy production and nervous system balance (2). ‘nuff said really.
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 cm fresh ginger
- 1 tin black/kidney beans (15.5 oz / 435g)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of half a lime (maybe a little more)
- Grate or chop the garlic and ginger. Then fry both in oil on a medium heat and in a large saucepan for a minute or two. Don’t let it burn!
- Drain and rinse the beans, then add them to the pan.
- Fry for a couple more minutes, adding a couple of tablespoons of water as you go.
- Finally, remove from the heat, add the salt, pepper and lime juice.
- Use a potato masher or even fork to mash it all up into a smooth paste.
- Add it to bread, potatoes a salad or just munch it down as a real high protein snack!