National Bean Day

The famous geneticist, Gregor Mendel used bean plants and pea plants to develop theories on genetics in plants. January 6 is recognized as National Bean Day in his honor, as this is the day he died in 1884.

Legumes are rich in the amino acid tryptophan and the mineral magnesium, both of which can help boost our mood and improve mental well-being. So, for today at least, let’s skip the sugars, which deliver a mood “crash.” Chomp down some beans and have a great day!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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