While the French are best known for their green lentils (lentilles du Puy), this red lentil soup with curry and a hint of ginger delivers a delicious moment of comfort on a dreary day.
Plus, it’s such a tasty (and simple) way to include more lentils in your diet, especially if you’re in a time crunch. In less than 30 minutes you’ll be sitting at the dinner table savoring a nourishing bowl of warm flavorful soup to share with those you love.
Health benefits: Not only are lentils a great source of fiber and plant-based protein (1 cup of cooked lentils contains 17.9 grams of plant-based protein!) but these petits legumes are also packed with nourishing minerals and vitamins such as zinc, folate, copper, and magnesium. Studies have found that magnesium helps to fight inflammation and possibly help reduce PMS symptoms, amongst other health benefits.
Additionally, lentils are rich in polyphenols, plant chemicals that have been found to have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.
Furthermore, lentils are a low glycemic food, meaning they’re absorbed and digested more slowly into the bloodstream. So, if you’re looking for foods that will help to stabilize your blood sugar, lentils, more specifically pulses, may be a great addition to your diet.