Beans are awesome things. They are an incredibly cheap, low-fat and low-calorie source of high-quality protein with lots of fiber; and because they're a complex carbohydrate, they won't send your blood sugar level spiking a couple of hours after your meal. There are hundreds of varieties, and with so many ways to prepare them, beans offer something for everyone. And did I mention hummus?
Now, I’ll cop to the fact that I occasionally use canned beans, which can’t be beat for convenience. But there are a number of good reasons to pass the cans at the grocery store and head to the bulk section for some dried beans.