I was sitting at my friend’s house studying for an exam when her mother offered me some food to eat. I was starving and decided to take her up on her offer. She handed me a bowl of green pea-like looking soup and I thought to myself ‘how am I going to tell this lady I do not do peas’. Out of respect I started eating the soup and to my surprise, it tasted great. I asked my friend what it was and she said ‘lentil soup’. That night I was curious about the benefits of the legumes and lentils so I ‘googled’ it and learned that it helps to eliminate cholesterol, prevent wide swings in blood sugar, aid in digestion, promote weight loss, and prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Lentils are quick and easy to prepare. This affordable legume grows in a pod and comes in different colors from red, yellow, orange, green, brown, and black. They are a great alternative to meat and way to keep protein your diet. To prepare lentils, soak them overnight and the next day add green and red peppers, onions, sea salt, and some more water as needed. After cooking for 10 – 30 minutes, you can add the lentils to brown rice or noodles as an alternative to meat.
Here’s to a healthier and better you. Nubianne