It’s important, on a plant based diet, to consume plant protein. Lentils, available in a variety of colors, are one of the best sources of protein. Plus, these little legumes are packed with other nutrients and health benefits.
Lentils are an excellent source of iron, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and potassium.
A cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein, less than one gram of fat, and no cholesterol, making them a much healthier choice than chicken, beef or fish. Lentils’ lean protein can help lower the risk of all diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Lentils also contain 16 grams of dietary fiber per cup. They are a crucial source of insoluble fiber, which helps to regulate the digestive system and decreases the risk of colon, breast, throat and esophageal cancers. Additionally, fiber rich lentils help to prevent stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
I include lentils regularly in my diet. Two of my favorite meals are Lentil Chili, easily fixed in 30 minutes on the stove top, and Lentils and Brown Rice, a pressure pot recipe that also contains potatoes, rosemary and thyme.
Lentils are versatile, economical and full of health boosting benefits, making them an essential part of any diet. They can added to soups, salads, and rice dishes, or eaten alone. Pinterest and the app Yummly have many delicious, easy to prepare recipes. I have so many yet to try!