Gotta Love Lentils!

March 22nd, 2010

lentilsLentils are touted by many as one of the healthiest foods in the world. One look at their nutrition profile and you’ll see why: these mighty legumes hold 18 grams of protein in a single cup! When you consider that the average person should consume around 25 grams of protein a day (based on recommendations by the World Health Organization and the FDA), lentils pack quite a punch.

Aside from a plethora of protein, lentils offer 63% of your daily requirement of dietary fiber and over 35% of your needed iron. What’s more, diets rich in lentils and other legumes have been linked to a whopping 82% reduction in risk of coronary heart disease. All this comes to you at just over 200 calories a cup and usually costs less than a dollar per pound!

Not only are lentils truly beneficial to your health, they’re also unbelievably easy to make. These beans don’t need to be presoaked, so you can prepare and serve them in no time. Lentils can be boiled in about 20 to 30 minutes and added to just about any soup or salad. For a dish the kids are sure to enjoy, try this meatless take on the sloppy joe. Or sample this week’s recipe for Spiced Potatoes with Barley and Lentils: it’s absolutely packed with flavor and nutrients and only takes 35 minutes to prepare!