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Health Benefits of Lentils

Lentils is one of the few products of our food (like the peas, and cereals), to which our bodies and our digestive system is adapted genetically. In dishes and foods made ​​from lentils, is almost all that is needed for our body. It is high protein grains. According to its nutritional qualities, lentil protein is not inferior to meat protein. Moreover, it is much easier to digest by our body and does not have the fatty components that accompany the meat protein.

Lentil is a very valuable property. It does not accumulate in harmful or toxic elements (nitrates, radio nuclides, etc.). Because of this lentil, grown anywhere in the world, can be considered environ Lentil germinates well.

For its healing properties, sprouted lentils, does not yield wheat seedlings. For germination, better to take a lentil in the skin (it is green or gray).

Lentils is 280-310 kcal per 100 g.

When vegetarians say that lentils can replace meat, it is quite possible to believe: the protein in it very much – up to 60% and it is absorbed more easily than meat proteins and iron in it than in other legumes.

Unlike many foods, lentils cooked with almost do not lose its useful properties – most valuable substances in it are preserved unchanged.

 Lentil porridge strengthens the immune system, resulting in normal operation the urogenital system and metabolism, strengthens heart and blood vessels.

Some varieties of lentils help lower blood sugar, therefore useful to diabetics.

To help you to use health benefits of lentils we bring here some good lentils receipts:

Recipe for lentil soup

For 4 servings of soup will need:

 – 1 liter of chicken broth

 – 200 grams of green lentils

 – 1 medium carrot,

 – 1 onion,

 – 40 g of bacon,

 – 2 tablespoons cream 30%,

 – 1 tbsp vegetable oil,

 – Salt, bay leaf, parsley.


Soak lentils in water for 2 hours.

 In a pan pour oil, put the lentils and vegetables are coarsely chopped.

 Lightly fry.

 Pour the chicken broth, add spices.

 Give the soup to a boil, then subtract the temperature and simmer until lentils soften.

 Rub the soup to the blender, puree the state.

 Pour soup bowls, top to decorate the fried bacon, cream and herbs.

 In one portion of soup (250 g) contained 286.8 kcal.


Brown lentils with spices:

We need:

 brown lentils – 1.5 cups

 Coconut Milk – 1.5 cups

 chili powder and turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.

 vegetable oil – 2 tbsp. l.

 Onions – 1 pc.

 basil – 4 leaf

 lemon peel – 1/2 tsp.

 Cinnamon – 1 tsp.

 leaf thyme.

Rinse the lentils and place in a wide saucepan with coconut milk, chilli powder and turmeric. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, until it becomes soft. Heat the butter in another saucepan, place the chopped onion, basil leaves, lemon zest and cinnamon and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and lightly browned.

 Add the lentil mixture and keep on low heat for another 30 minutes, until liquid has evaporated, and the lentils are tender but still seethe. Choose from whole spices, lentils and serve hot dish, garnish with thyme leaves.

Lentil Meatballs

We need:

 white bread


 vegetable oil





Boil some lentils in water. In a ready lot add soaked in water and well-pressed white bread, grated onion, vegetable oil, flour, ground black pepper and crushed garlic with salt.

Stir thoroughly mass-balls to cut croquettes, breaded in crushed crumbs and fry in a large amount of vegetable oil or deep-fried, well-browned. Possible to cut from the prepared mass of round balls, carefully breaded them in flour, lightly fry the vegetable oil. Place the prepared meatballs to the pan, pour the sauce and boil for some minutes on low heat. Place your meatballs or croquettes hot with boiled potatoes.

Some other receipts with lentils

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