My first experience with lentils wasn’t the most magically delicious. It actually convoluted my opinion about them.
Moving into an oil free lifestyle lead me into eliminating the majority of animal protein sources. Not entirely, but dramatically enough to where I knew I’d have to source alternative protein options to keep up with my nutritional demands for an active lifestyle. Lentils were in my top plant protein source selection, but knew that I needed to make them in a way where they weren’t repulsive, based on our initial meeting with each other.
There’s a few options to choose from when it comes to lentils : Green, french green, or red lentils.
Whichever you prefer, there’s a delicious way to make them!
Out of the three, which ones are the healthiest?
Well, Dr. Michael Gregor has found that red lentils are the healthiest option out of the lentil family.
With the healthiest lentil, herbs, & spices that are immune boosting while also virus & bacterial fighting ninjas, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to amplify the healing abilities of this amazing legume 🙂
Lentils are en excellent source of protein, fiber, and minerals, while they also support blood sugar balance and fantastic heart health! They’re incredible fiber content assists the body with preventing a quick rise in blood sugar after eating them 🙂
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as lentils, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily. Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.
Whether you’re plant based or not, these little super legumes are a great option for any lifestyle!
Ingredients ( All Organic)
- 1 cup red lentils
- 2 cups purified water
- 1 Tsp Turmeric
- 1 Tsp Ground oregano
- 1 Tsp Garlic powder
- 1/2 Tsp Rosemary
- 1/2 Tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Paprika
- 1/4 cup Cilantro
- 1/4 cup Italian parsley
- Fresh squeezed lime juice (1 whole lime)
- 1 Tsp air dried pink salt
Soak lentils for 30 minutes – 1 hour in purified water in a glass or ceramic bowl. After soaking, rinse and drain repeatedly until the water is clear.
In a stainless steal pot, boil 2 cups of water to 1 cup of red lentils. Allow lentils to simmer on low- medium heat for 30-40 minutes, if that.
Add herbs and spices after 20 minutes of simmering. I love to add them in at the halfway mark so these delicious flavors can deeply seep into the lentil for full flavor and aroma 🙂
These lentils serve deliciously with a simple side of rice, greens, and even with my most recent cracker debut!
Oh,the gratitude for these powerful herbs and spices that heal!
Eat up, feast, enjoy, & start healing,
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