Lentils are part of the legume family (think also chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans etc.) and are one of the healthiest foods you can incorporate in your diet, so say hello to this everyday healthy meal, the Lentil Dahl. This is one of my favourites for a healthy and cheap meal during the week and it can be cooked in batch and frozen too, so perfect for meal prep!
Lentils are a good plant-based source of protein and their protein & fibre content will help you to stay feeling fuller for longer!
A 2016 research study highlights that including legumes in the diet daily showed a significant reduction in body weight. That was comparing both a diet of standard calorie intake and calorie deficit diet incorporating one serving of legumes daily, with both showing a positive outcome. Key Nutrients – Lentil Dahl
Fibre – Lentils are an excellent source of fibre and whilst mentioned they are useful for weight management, fibre is essential to regulate bowel movements and reduce LDL cholesterol. This recipe contains approx. 7g fibre per serve and approximately one-quarter of the recommended daily intake.
Protein – Used in every single cell in our body, protein is far more than just muscle building. Lentils are an AMAZING plant-based source of protein and this dish packs in approx 17g protein per serve!
B-Vitamins – B vitamins are an essential part of the process to create energy from the food we eat and lentils are a particularly good source of thiamine (B1), niacin (B3), vitamin B6 and folate (B9).
As well as rice, I’ve got some additional serving suggestions that taste great served with Lentil Dahl;
Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.