Lentils are one of the healthy and most popular foods on the planet. Lentils provide excellent sources of nutrients such as; vitamins A, C, K, omega three fatty acids, copper, protein, phosphorus, iron, and calcium.
Here are the health benefits of lentils for your child and why you should add lentils to your child’s weekly diet.
1. Helps Control Weight:
The high levels of fiber in lentils can slow down the digestion process. This makes the stomach feel fuller for a longer time.
2. Improve Levels Of Iron In The Body:
Iron is very important for kids growth and development. Lentils also provide a good source of vitamin C, which will help the body’s ability to absorb iron.
3. Boost Enzymes:
Lentils have a good source of copper, which is a trace mineral required for the functioning of several enzymes. Copper is very important for making connective tissues and skin pigment.
4. Helps To Control High Blood Pressure: Lentils contain dietary protein and soluble fiber, both are very helpful to prevent and control hypertension in kids.
5. Stimulate The Immune System:
Researchers have proven that lentils can help stimulate the immune system. It produces and activates the white blood cells, thereby improving antibodies. Antibodies help to fight against and eliminate viruses from the body.
6. Heart Health:
Lentils can help keep your child’s heart healthier. Lentils are a great source of magnesium and folate, both which contribute to heart health. Folate lowers the homocysteine levels, one of the major causes of heart diseases. Magnesium helps improves blood flow, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
7. Digestive Health:
The insoluble dietary fiber that is found in lentils can help prevent constipation and other digestive disorders irritable bowel syndrome.
8. Energy Levels:
Lentils help to transport oxygen throughout the body, keeping your child full of vital active energy.
Lentils are fantastic! You can add them into soups, sauces, curries or can use as an ingredient in salads, you can make burgers out of them. You can also use them to make a veggie lasagna.
Try making this easy delicious VEGETARIAN LENTIL SOUP
2 medium onions, 3 carrots, fresh tomatoes sliced – or a good quality tin of diced tomatoes, a large cloves of garlic, 3 bay leaves, a cup of water mixed with vegetable stock, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a handful of thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
How To Make This Easy Soup
Add the onions, carrot, tomatoes, garlic, broth, thyme, and salt to a mixer. Puree until the consistency is smooth.
Heat the olive oil in a medium pot over low heat. Add the pureed mix, cover, and slowly bring to a boil.
Remove cover, reduce heat to a simmer, stir in the bay leaf and lentils. Cover pot halfway with the lid half. This allows some, but not all steam to escape. Allow to simmer for about 25 minutes or until the lentils are soft.
Serve with some fresh whole meal bread. You can add creme fraiche, cream or cheese if desired.
Watch out for your kids as the soup will be very hot. Allow to cool through before serving to your kids.