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Healthy Eating – Why You Should Include Lentils In Your Diet

Healthy eating. It's something everyone knows they should do, but few of us do as consistently as we would like. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. In fact, up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active.

The nutrients in the foods you eat support the activities of day-to-day living, protect your cells from environmental damage and repair any cellular damage that might occur. Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a healthy immune system. Both carbohydrates and fats fuel your body, while vitamins and minerals function throughout your body in support of your body’s processes.

Did you know lentils are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber? Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, but they are also a special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Lentils also provide excellent amounts of seven important minerals including our b-vitamins. They're also full of polyphenols which are active compounds that fight against harmful agents in the body. This can include ultraviolet rays, heart disease and even cancer. In addition to providing slow burning complex carbohydrates, lentils can increase your energy by replenishing your iron levels. Particularly for women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency, boosting iron levels with lentils is a good idea—especially because lentils are not rich in fat and calories. 

Check out our Ancient Grains Power Bowl and our Rich Indian Lentil meals to get your lentil fix on your next weekly order.

Ancient Grains Power Bowl - This beautiful bright salad, pairs roasted veggies, healthy greens, lentils and wonderful blend of seeds and other fresh ingredients topped with goat cheese and a vinaigrette that will make you wanting more and more! This won't be just a winter favourite but we won't tell the other seasons!

Rich Indian Lentils - Beautiful fresh colourful vegetables packed into this dish! This wintery, cold night classic will have you curling up by the fire only wanting to get up to get more!

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