Organic, plant-rich, and nutritionally designed for transformation.
Help maintain a diverse and balanced gut microbiome when you subscribe to our best-selling daily essential.
Nourish on-the-go with delicious new flavors and functional benefits.
Our limited-edition program designed to amplify your radiance like never before with Sakara nutrition and complimentary skincare from Grown Alchemist.
Nourish your body and changeyour life. We deliver organic.
Nourish your body and change your life. We deliver organic.
Beans are a versatile ingredient (just look at how they are used across different cultures!), and their superpower stems from their fibrous makeup. A cup of black beans offers 30 grams of plant fiber, which is key to stimulating bile in the liver and small intestine. This helps eliminate toxins from the body and bloodstream and avoids things like metabolic waste and pathogens recirculating and creating inflammation.
Not only do beans help combat chronic inflammation, but they also serve as a potent source of sulfur, a key mineral for collagen and keratin production—translating to luscious hair, strong nails, and lit-from-within skin. Beans are a one-two punch beauty and detox food; Sakara Wellness Coach and self-described "food alchemist" Sasha Pagni lights the way and shares a trio of vibrant and delicious ways to whip them up in your own kitchen.
HERBAL BEANS, TWO WAYS
Be forewarned: these slow beans will change your life, but they are a time commitment. The process begins by placing dried beans in water to soak for half a day, to break down the phytic acid and allow for the body to fully digest this mighty brew. After the initial soak, cook with water, herbs, and kombu, a sea cabbage with potent levels of thyroid-supporting iodine. Pagni creates two renditions; one, spicy and Southwestern, spiked with heirloom chiles, the other a twist on French, herbaceous white bean stew. Both are high octane vehicles for plant medicine; reishi (antioxidant-rich), chaga (potent in B-vitamins), and Astragalus root (DNA-protecting) abound in this pair of buildable, nutrient-dense meals.
SPICED BEAN DIP
While canned beans are always an option, Pagni suggests using the Smoky Pinto herbal bean recipe above to reap the most health benefits—and get creative with leftovers. Kick up the spice with heirloom chiles; if your tastes run milder, replace it with a vitamin C-rich bell pepper. Pagni pairs this with her Spicy Green Protein Seed Crackers or any dippable chip.
1. In a pan, sauté onions and garlic, until they become fragrant. Add in the beans, paprika, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes and turn the heat to the lowest possible flame. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
2. Place all beans, onion, garlic, and cilantro into a blender and blend until smooth. At the last 10 seconds of blending, drizzle in the olive oil and lime juice. Taste and adjust salt/pepper as needed.
3. Top with additional cilantro, pickled jalapenos, and avocado.
CRISPY BEANS AND GREENS
While canned beans are always an option for crafting this dip, Pagni suggests using the potent Woodsy White beans from the above recipe to reap even more health benefits—and get creative with leftovers. Plus, the white beans, being soft and creamy, crisp up in an idyllic way. These crispy beans are incredibly herbaceous, with a spirited mix of basil, cilantro, and parsley. Pagni emphasizes how versatile this recipe is, plating it atop an abundant plate of fresh greens or treating them like croutons to place atop a homemade soup.
DISCOVER MORE WEEKEND RECIPES
Spicy Green Protein Seed Crackers
Magic Shroom Broth
Smoky Bean Salad with Radish Gems and Sundried Tomatoes
By S LIFE MAG • November 2, 2020
Photographer: Sasha Pagni