Lentils are one of the most underrated superfoods in America. We live in a culture that’s designed around simple carbohydrates and foods that are anything but healthy. The food culture in this country are absolutely horrendous, compared to that of other countries.
The last two years should have been at the very least a wakeup call to focus on our health and lifestyle. We grow up and learn to eat packaged foods. At school, we’re fed sugar and more refined and processed foods. We’re taught to live in this fast-food culture where we consume sugar and soda and foods that are designed to save us time and money at the expense of health.
I can’t pretend I don’t love fast food. In-N-Out Burger, Del Taco, Chick-Fil-A, and Whataburger. I do. But, moderation is the key.
We live in a culture where we’re programmed to eat 3 meals a day, most of which are high in simple carbs. It’s so bad that restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory were forced to place calories on their menu because most items were over 2,000 calories.
Throughout the week, I try to eat more simply and healthier, while allowing myself more freedom on the weekends. Lentils allow this to happen easier.
Lentils are one of the best foods you can possibly eat for both dieting, losing weight, regulating blood sugar, and increasing protein. Red lentils have around 18 grams of protein per cup.
Additionally, you can find folate, iron, b vitamins, zinc, magnesium potassium, and fiber, roughly 10 grams of fiber. Lentils are a brilliant superfood that will fill you up and keep you full for much of the day. I love eating them for breakfast with some eggs which fills me up because of the high amount of protein. On days where I eat lentils for breakfast, I can go nearly 8 hours without snacking or feeling hungry. This tells me that it stabilizes my blood sugar as well.
Lentils are of course popular with Ayurvedic medicine. Check out this recipe from The Ayurvedic Institute for Red Lentil Soup. According to Ayurveda, red lentil soup is good for blood and liver cleanse. The recipe of course also includes tumeric and other ingredients with healthy properties in the body. Red lentils tend to balance your three doshas as well.
Lentils are versatile and are very easy to cook. The health benefits of lentils are immense which is why they’re most definitely an underrated superfood.
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