But besides the sprouting aspect, why are lentils themselves a "superfood"?
- High Protein-- Lentils have some of the highest protein per weight for plant-based foods
- Complete Protein-- when you sprout lentils, you actually bring out a complete protein
- High in folate-- Folate is a form of b9 and the human body needs it to synthesize DNA and repair DNA; it is also important in aiding rapid cell division and growth and helps produce red blood cells
- High in fiber-- both soluble and insoluble; the soluble fiber in lentils forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that carries cholesterol out of the body; the insoluble fiber in lentils increases stool bulk and helps prevent constipation
- High in iron-- Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism
- High in vitamin B1--B1 maintains our energy supplies, coordinates the activity of nerves and muscles, and supports proper heart heart function
- Very Alkaline protein source
These are some of the reasons I love eating lentils! Also they are a tasty legume and are very versatile-- there are hundreds of creative ways to eat these suckers (ahem, superfood)- from soups to veggie dishes and more! If you are looking for a place to start, check out my lentil recipe! It is a crowd pleaser and very delicious.