Mmmmmm……. Lunch. I started eating lentils on a daily basis for lunch when I started weight training. I discovered that lentils really helped me to curb my appetite and control cravings. I felt more satisfied with my daily food. So why is that?
Lentils are really high in fiber. The high fiber content prevents your blood sugar levels from spiking rapidly- which is something that happens when we consume carbohydrates at meal time. However, if our carbohydrates are full of fiber, the spike is slow and gradual which enables our bodies to use them as fuel. The opposite happens without the fiber. Our bodies get a big rush of carbohydrates with nothing to slow down the absorption, so it sets our body on a roller coaster of energy. Ever felt slow and sluggish not too long after eating a meal heavy in processed carbohydrates? There was no fiber to set the brakes and your body crashed after using the fuel in a huge rush of energy.
Lentils are also high in protein, so they are perfect for trying to get some more protein into your diet without adding more meat. I have made chili, sloppy joes, and even lentil veggie patties with them.
So to share my love of lentils, I thought I would share a recipe to get you started!
Things You Need:
- 1-1/4 cups dry lentils (half a pound)
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 15 oz can tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin powder
- Dash hot pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How to do it 🙂
- Place the lentils and the water in a large pot.
- Put the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat so that the lentils are simmering gently. Cook for 30 minutes.
- Do not add the other ingredients until after the lentils have cooked. If the lentils begin to get dry, or if the water boils away then add more water. You want the lentils to remain soup-like while they cook.
- After 30 minutes, add all of the remaining ingredients.
- Simmer the chili for 15 to 20 minutes
There are so many ways to prepare them, google it and try something new! Leave me a comment below sharing your favorite way to prepare lentils!