All legumes are a low-fat, high-protein source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant compounds and dietary fiber. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber, legumes or lentils are highly satiating food. This means that for a relatively low amount of calories legumes make you feel fuller longer and, therefore, help prevent the hunger that can lead to unhealthy snacking and unwanted pounds.
Most legumes contain significant amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber and resistant starch that helps in improving gut health, digestion and immunity. Eating legumes several times a week promotes bowel regularity and helps keep blood sugar levels in check. Here are few delicious lentil recipes.
Broad bean dip
Broad bean or fava bean are meaty and flavorful enough to hold their own as a side dish or mixed into an entree. Adding these to a salad provides a boost of protein, fiber, potassium and B vitamins. Here’s the full recipe
- Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs
A fresh and filling bean salad flavored with lemon and fresh mint and dill. Use steamed lentils and canned chickpeas for a meal ready in under 20 minutes. This salad keeps well for a few days in the fridge and packs great for lunch. Here is the full recipe
Jools’ simple beef stew
A classic Jamie Oliver recipe, this is dairy free, super nutritious and warming recipe perfect for family. Here is the full recipe