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Eat this ‘Power Food’ every day for better health

April 23rd, 2012 | no comments

Do you realize that every single piece of food that passes through your lips affects every single cell of your body in some way? Some foods are pro-inflammatory—contributing to inflammation and disease in the body—while others are anti-inflammatory. Instead of placing the emphasis on what you shouldn’t be eating, let’s focus on what you should. It’s much more fun that way and removes all sense of guilt and deprivation.

One forgotten food that deserves a standing ovation is the lentil. Not only are lentils high in antioxidants (inflammation-fighting substances), they have only one ingredient…the food itself. Building your diet around single-ingredient foods-from-the-earth is a sure-fire way to keep your body healthy for years to come.

What are they?
Lentils are edible legumes, grown for their lens-shaped seeds. They have been part of the human diet since the Neolithic times and evidence shows they were eaten 13,000 to 9,500 years ago. They range in color from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black and can be found right next to the dry beans and peas in your local grocery store.

Nutrition profile per serving (1/4 cup raw):
Calories: 160
Total fat: 0 grams
Sodium: 5 mg
Carbohydrate: 27 grams
Dietary fiber: 15 grams (60% of your fiber needs for the day!)
Protein: 13 grams
Iron: 25%

***BONUS: ORAC value (a measure of antioxidant value of foods) = 3600; Scientists suggest that eating between 3000-5000 ORAC units per day is enough to prevent certain types of diseases!

How to eat them:
Boil up an entire bag on Sunday (takes only 20 minutes) and refrigerate in sealed container. Scoop out a hefty dose of lentils each day and add to salads, soups, tuna fish or egg salad, rice and pasta dishes, omelets, or use as a topping for your baked potato!

Why you’ll love them (and me for suggesting them):
Thanks to the whopping 15 grams of fiber, if you eat a serving every day you will never be “irregular” again!


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