Lentils – Helps Manage Weight and Prevent Obesity!

You Simply Gotta Love Lentils – Helps Manage Weight and Prevent Obesity… Read the following article to get know more about benefits that this vegetable can offer to us!

Who doesn’t like steaming bowl of ordinary brown or green lentil soup? Lentils come in many colors and sizes, each with unique flavor and cooking characteristics.  It’s healthy, low in calories, easy to make and great meal for lunch or dinner.

What we should know about lentils?

  • They are called an “almost perfect food.” Because they are low in fat and sodium, gluten-free low-glycemic and they’re especially rich source of fiber, potassium, protein and antioxidant compounds. They’re also great sources of many essential minerals.

  • They have many clinically-confirmed health benefits that include decreasing the risk of developing diabetes, stroke, heart disease, reducing cholesterol, hypertension and some gastrointestinal diseases, including colon cancer.

  • They prevent obesity and help manage weight.

  • They’re versatile enough to go from soup to salad to casserole to dessert.

  • If you’re serving fish, chicken, beef or pork for dinner, a cup of lentils is perfect to serve alongside. Lentils simply go with every meal.

We will present two simple recipes made with this veggie.

Famous Lentil Soup Recipe and Lentil Brownies Recipe.

Lentil Soup Recipe

First in six cups of water cook two cups of dry lentils until they become soft. While it’s boiling, dice carrot, onion, a rib or two of celery, couple cloves of garlic. Then saute in a little olive oil for a few minutes. Add to the lentils and leave to simmer until vegetables become soft. Then you can add a bunch of finely chopped greens (cabbage, kale, spinach, collards). Season with Himalayan salt, pepper and other seasonings you prefer. Then leave to simmer until greens are soft and tender.

Top with grated fresh parmesan or other topping you like (this is optional but gives great flavor!) I often put in this soup with spicy hummus and whole-wheat flatbread.

 

Lentil Brownies Recipe

  • 1 ½ cup cooked, drained brown lentils, pureed or mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (or butter)
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cup dark-chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • ¾  teaspoon salt (½ t. if using salted butter)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

First preheat oven to 350ºF (180 C)

Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix lentils, eggs, oil and vanilla. Then add wet ingredients to dry mixture and mix nicely and well.

Put into pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in middle comes out dry.

Cool and cut into serving sizes.

Bon Appetite!

 

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