Food of the Month: Lentils

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Why eat lentils:

One cup of lentils contains 50% or more of the recommended daily intake for 5 vitamins and minerals! Lentils are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which help to reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and to maintain healthy bowel function. They are high in protein, low in fat and that one cup of lentils is only 230 calories. Now that’s a bargain!

How to eat lentils:

Place lentils in a bowl cover with 2 inches of water and a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and let soak for 8 -12 hours (the lemon juice or vinegar helps to break down phytic acid and make the nutrients in lentils more available!)Drain and rinse lentils, cover with water or broth in a saucepan. Simmer for 30-35 minutes until lentils are tender.

For salad: Drain lentils, toss with olive oil chopped carrot, celery and red onion. Season to taste with thyme, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

For stew: In a large pan sauté a chopped onion, celery and carrots in a tablespoon of coconut or avocado oil. Stir in cooked lentils and broth, season with salt and pepper as desired.

Article Author

Jayna Hartig, MS, Health Coach

Jayna has her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia.  She is currently working towards getting her Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University.  As a Health Coach, Jayna works to help members with a variety of chronic health conditions.  She is also the Program Coordinator for the Diabetes Prevention Program.  Jayna has been with Denver Health since 2011.