Lovable Legumes: Lentils

Green, brown, red! Look at all the healthy lentils, oh my! Lentils are a nutrition powerhouse! They are versatile and can be used in salads, soups or as a side dish! Learn the nutritional facts, health benefits and some recipes with this super food!

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Nutritional highlights of 1 cup of cooked lentils:
– 230 calories
– 1g total fat, 0g trans fat, 0g saturated fat
– 63% (16g) of dietary fibre
– 18g protein
– 37% (DV) Iron
– 90% (DV) Folate
– 18% (DV) Vitamin B6
– 22% (DV) Thiamin
– 21% (DV) Potassium

Health benefits of lentils:
– Help lower cholesterol
– Lentils are high in fibre and help tremendously with digestive health
– Aids in stabilizing blood sugar
– Fantastic source of protein for vegans/vegetarians
– Helps with weight loss and keeping you feeling full longer
– Reduces risk of certain cancers such as breast
– Protects and prevents future cardiovascular diseases
– Helps with the look of aging and is known as an “anti-aging” food
– Reduces risk of diabetes

No matter which colour, lentils are a great protein source/meat replacement for vegetarians/vegans. They have a delicious mild nutty flavour and are used in many dishes from India. Lentils are a super food and they should be added to your diet TODAY. Don’t forget to buy organic!
Check out the recipes below using lentils:
Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe:https://thepeacefulteen.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/vegan-lentil-soup-recipe/
Vegan Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lentil-rice-and-veggie-bake/
Lentil Cakes with Couscous Recipe: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/recipes/592
BBQ Lentil Burger with Mango Carrot Slaw Recipe: http://www.veganricha.com/2013/05/bbq-lentil-veggie-burger-with-mango.html
Vegan Mushroom & Lentil Burger Recipe: http://84thand3rd.com/2013/01/07/mushroom-lentil-burgers-vegan-gluten-free/

Sources:
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4338/2
http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-brown-gre-111139
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5488/7-Health-Benefits-of-Lentils.html
http://www.3fatchicks.com/6-health-benefits-of-lentils/
http://www.oprah.com/health/Beans-and-Lentils-Dr-Perricones-No-4-Superfood

Photo credit: velostricken via photopin cc

*This blog is not intended to give professional medical advice and you should always check with your healthcare practitioners before trying anything new or regularly.

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