September is National Rice Month and nothing compliments each other quite like rice and beans. According to Consumer Reports, a cup of the classic combo provides 12 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber, even if you choose white rice. While white rice contains quickly-digested carbs that can cause spikes in blood glucose levels, pairing it with beans slows carbohydrate digestion to a healthier rate.
To make your favorite rice and beans dish even healthier, aim for two-thirds beans and one-third rice instead of the usual half-and-half combination. You’ll get even more protein and fiber that way.