‘Renew You’ Challenge – I heard recently that eating beans on New Year’s Day brings good luck for the coming year, but I say that eating beans at least once or twice every week will bring good digestion for the coming year—which might come in more handy than luck!

Now I know what you’re thinking (we’ve all heard the rhyme), but before you give beans the cold shoulder, consider this: they’re a quick and nutritious way to load up on protein and fiber, and if you don’t know by now that high-fiber foods and good digestion go hand in hand, you haven’t been paying attention!

If you’re not used to eating beans, keep it simple. Thumb through magazines or cookbooks for a yummy bean recipe or two, and commit to eating beans at least twice this week. Canned beans are a lifesaver when you’re strapped for time, but if you’re feeling ambitious, try making beans from scratch!

Worried about gas and bloating? Keep a digestive enzyme on hand to help break down the hard-to-digest starches and sugars found in beans. Many are specially formulated to help relieve flatulence, so that means your loved ones don’t have to run for cover every time beans are on the menu! And if you find a recipe you really like, be sure to share it in the comments!

Bon appétit! Or should I say… Bean appétit!