November 23, 2017

The Scoop on Beans

 pressured beans

Most pregnant moms will try eating anything if they think it will help them feel better when they have morning/all day sickness.  I’m one of those moms.

When I first learned I was pregnant this time, I brainstormed and made a list of things to help me feel better.

Eating beans was NOT on the list.

Beans?  Yes, beans.

Since I wrote that article, I first read at Life in a Shoe, then discovered for myself,  how beans are by far, the best help in treating and preventing nausea.  It’s a bile thing, and you can read about it here, thanks to Visionary Womanhood for sharing that link.

So far, here’s what I’ve learned when using the bean method:

  • Eat beans for breakfast. 
  • Lentils don’t work quite as well as beans.
  • Bean dip, while very yummy,  does not work as well as beans.
  • Eat beans for lunch. 
  • Eating beans straight from the bowl, with no fru-fru-ness added to them is best.
  • Refried beans and cheese burritos work, but beware of the greasy cheese.  Go easy.
  • Eat beans with dinner.
  • Even just a small portion with your dinner will help.
  • When you think you’re over the morning/all day sickness, do not stop eating beans.
  • Eat beans until the nausea is completely gone, for sure, no doubt in your mind.
  • Keeping beans in your system regularly helps keep the nausea away.  Don’t break the cycle.
  • It gets boring eating beans, but you make friends with them fast. 
  • You learn to quickly explore new recipes and you also suddenly remember all fast food options for bean-based meals.  My favorite was a burrito bowl from Chipotle……with pintos AND black beans.
  • You appreciate, more than ever, the recipe for easiest tacos ever (black beans).
  • Pintos, for whatever reason, seem to work the best.

You’ve gotta try it to believe it!  🙂

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  1. I am SO thankful you posted this! Seriously the only thing stopping me from having another baby (7) is the unrelenting, 8 months of nausea. Interestingly, I always crave Mexican food during my pregnancies and felt better upon eating it. I wonder if it was the beans all along? Thanks again, you give me hope!

  2. I am from Brazil and we eat rice and beans every day as a staple in our diets. Now living in America with an American husband I have had to make adaptations. 🙂 Still I serve rice and beans a couple of times during the week with side dishes like meat, veggies and/or salad. Soup twice a week with beans or another legumes like lentils or chickpeas.

    Beans are wonderful. They are filling and full of fiber. Loaded with B vitamins and protein and eaten with brown rice or another whole grain.

    My morning sickness is very mild. I never skip a meal and always eat in small portions. If I have to, I eat every 2 hours but I don’t get sick as much. The first pregnancy was my learning curve. The last 3 have been easy as peas!! or beans!!! LOL

    This is a great post to spread the goodness of beans.

    PS as for beans being boring… try cooking them from scratch. Cook the dry beans and once they are cooked, sautee garlic and onions and add the beans with the juices. Let it simmer. Add cilantro, spices like cumin or paprika, or even cayenne pepper if you like spicy. Then add sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Don’t forget the salt. cook everything until the veggies are soft. Then serve over brown rice. yummy!! if you like dark greens, mustard, collard or turnip greens just slightly sauteed are wonderful side dish.

    hey, maybe I need to start sharing some of my recipes on my blog. 🙂

  3. Thank you SO much for posting this. I am 8 weeks pregnant and having a hard time keeping anything down. I’ve tried EVERYTHING I can find that they say to help with it but none of it is doing the trick. After reading this entry today I quickly rushed out and had a bean burrito for lunch and it’s been about two hours since lunch and I’m only a little queasy. Definitely getting some beans to eat for dinner tonight!

  4. I am on my second pregnancy and I am 7 weeks along. My 1st pregnancy was awful with morning sickness from about 7 weeks until 14 weeks. I tried EVERYTHING literally everything. Eating small meals, ginger ale, preggie pops, seabands, never letting my stomach getting empty. Oh I tried it all. It was a very discouraging time. Well, I stumbled upon Karen Hurd’s website the other day and thought her cure for morning sickness was interesting so I ate a bowl ful of refried beans right then and there. Now I’m on my second day of eating beans and they have been my best feeling days in the last week! I’m hopeful that beans are a simple answer to helping the morning sickness stay at bay. Her explanation totally made sense to me. Yes, I am almost sick of the beans already, but honestly I’d force 3 cans of beans down my throat if it made that nauseated feeling go away! I am so glad that I found out about this! Hopefully the beans continue to help me.

  5. silly question, green beans? i make pinto beans all the time so i will try that:)

  6. would green beans work?

  7. Carla VDW says:

    This might be a silly question but what kind of beans?
    Pleeeease email me and let me know. Almost 8 weeks preggie and I am struggling to eat ANYTHING!

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Carla, pinto beans seemed to work the best for me, but also black beans, white beans, and even hummus made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas) helped me a lot.

  8. Do you have a recipe that you use for pinto beans. I am miserable right now from nausea and can’t keep anything down.

    • Brandy Ferguson says:

      Oh Cortney! How are you? I just use a basic recipe. Soak beans overnight, then boil for sever hours the next day. Let me hear from you.

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