Have you tried lentils?

Lentils are part of the legume family, grown for their seeds which are packed with protein, iron and fiber. A typical serving (1 cup) of boiled lentils contains 230 calories, 40g carbohydrates, and 18g of protein. Those are great numbers, not to mention the 16g of fiber, high iron and low sugar content. If you’re still not willing to give them a try, check out these health benefits.

  1. Lower cholesterol and heart benefits.High fiber content has been linked to better cholesterol ratings, which correlates to heart health.
  2. Energy and blood sugar levels. A slow digesting carb mixed with high fiber will allow a slow release of energy that will help keep you energized and your blood sugar levels stable.
  3. Protein and digestion.While lentils may not contain all 9-essential amino acids, their protein content is still high. Also, cough- cough, high fiber–better digestion! Both which help with your weight in the long run.

Lentils can be found at most grocery stores, next time you’re out buy a bag and give them a try. They are inexpensive, low in calories, and offer a plethora of health benefits.  That’s not a bad deal!