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Skillet Black Beans with Peach Salsa

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Are you interested in having a light summer dinner that tastes incredible and improves your health? Then you have come to the right place because this Skillet Black Beans with Peach Salsa recipe has everything you want.

Health benefits of peaches

Peach originated in China and was called the Tree of Life by ancient Chinese. In China, it symbolizes virginity and fertility. Did you know that peaches are now grown in 36 states in the US?

For starters, peaches, which are part of the peach salsa, can keep us safe from toxins. Numerous studies have shown that they can eliminate the toxins accumulated in the kidneys, colon, liver, and stomach. Another great health benefit of peaches is weight loss. Namely, peaches can suppress our appetite and they can also regulate blood sugar levels. They help lubricate intestines in constipation and aid in elimination, and help build body fluids in dry coughs. In Ayurveda, peaches balance the vata.

It’s good to know that peaches are able to protect our eye health too because they are an excellent source of beta-carotene (vitamin A precursor). They contain fewer calories than apples and pears. They also have Vitamin C and, unlike most fruits, contain calcium.  They are rich in flavonoids lycopene and lutein, which give red, orange and yellow colors to fruits and vegetables and prevent macular degeneration, heart disease and cancer.

The list of health benefits of eating peaches is very long – they protect the cardiovascular health, improve skin health, keep people safe from cancers and more.

A note of caution:  unless peaches are organic, they are one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed fruits. If I cannot access organic peaches, I find organic frozen peaches instead. I know they were ripe enough just before they were frozen.

Health benefits of black beans

If you are worried about oxidative stress and free radicals in your body, you can count on black beans  Because they have a high ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).  These special beans are able to fight free radicals because they are rich in antioxidants like flavonoids for example. Free radicals can cause many different health problems and premature aging. The less of them the better.

Black beans are also good for the nervous system. They contain molybdenum, which supports the production of energy in cells and the strengthening of the nervous system. They are also famous for folate, which has numerous health benefits, including protection from cancer. In a large study of more than 90,000 nurses from 1991 to 1995 in the Nurses’ Health Study II, researchers found a significantly reduced frequency of breast cancer in the women that had a higher intake of beans or lentils.  Eating legumes two or more times a week was associated wit a 24% reduced risk of breast cancer. There is also phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. There is strong evidence that black beans have rejuvenating powers and that they can help people stabilize their blood sugar levels, which is especially important for people dealing with diabetes. Beans only have 1-2% fat content but a lot of fiber, carbohydrates and protein, making it a perfect healthy alternative to meat.

Grinding your own spices

In case you want to grind your own spices, be prepared to use some tools ancient or high-tech tools. Pestles and mortars have proven to be very effective, but they require some sweat! I spent a few bucks on a good quality coffee grinder many years ago and that has been my trusted spice grinder ever since.  Keep in mind that the way you are storing spices is important too. I would love to invite you to a video I made about some practical tips and surprising tips you probably do not know about your herbs and spices. It is time to rehab your pantry!

Enjoy this delicious skill black beans recipe with fresh peach salsa! Looking for more recipes with functional nutrition benefits? Follow me on Pinterest!

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