Ayurvedic Food Spotlight: Lentils

I’ve decided as I start to read and digest my book The Mind-Get Connection; and my research into ayurveda, I will do little spotlights that incorporate throughout my journey and even reach into my 80 Day Obsession.

Today, I bring you lentils.

Lentils are a legume, and look like a smaller bean.

Lentils are a staple for most vegans as they are high in protein and high in fiber – both soluble (reduces risks of heart disease and regulates blood sugar) and insoluble (the kind that promotes bowel movements). They are also an excellent source of

  • Folate: a type of Vitamin B9 that helps support red blood cell formation and proper nerve functions. Folate may help prevent anemia and can protect against: developing heart disease, cancer and dementia.
  • Manganese: this mineral is stored mainly in the bones and can help support healthy bone structure and development. Manganese is also found in the liver, kidney and pancreas; and helps maintain normal blood sugar level.
  • Iron: plays an integral role in the formation of hemoglobin (a “metalloprotein”) in blood and myoglobin (iron-oxygen-binding protein) in muscles – both of which carry oxygen to the cells in the body. One of the first symptoms of iron-deficiency is feeling tired, sluggish and fatigue.

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On the bottom I have baby spinach, topped with shreds of carrot, roasted brocoflower, spiralized cucumbers and radish. Topped with beluga lentils (the black dots that look similar to caviar – which is how they were aptly named beluga lentils) and a homemade zesty dressing.

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