Lentils are an ancient grain that are very nutritious and last long. There are different types of lentils: red, brown, white, yellow and green. You can cook them as beans, make them hummus or make them soup by adding other vegetables. Contrary to beans, lentils does not cause gases or constipation. They are higher in protein so are an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. These legumes are low in calories. Lentils are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They contain iron, phosphorous and the group of vitamin B. They have high levels of magnesium, copper and folate. They are an excellent source for energy. They help the cardiovascular system. They can lower the cholesterol and regulate the sugar levels in the blood. They can prevent diverticulosis and the irritable bowel syndrome.
Lentils are very quick and easy to cook. Just cook them with water on high heat and they will be ready in less than ten minutes. Add them onion, spices and sea salt to add flavor. This grain should be very tender when ready. You can make a soup with green vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots or potatoes for a healthy course.
If you make hummus, you can spread it in bread or vegetables or eat it with just a spoon. I love the texture of the hummus.