Lentils are packed with powerful vitamins and minerals and make a great hearty dinner without meat. They also have incredible health benefits for such a small little legume.
To start, lentils contain lots of dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber acts like a gel in the digestive tract which cleans out excess bile. Bile is where cholesterol hangs pout in the body. Insoluble fiber helps to prevent constipation and can prevent digestive disorders.
Next is the high amount of magnesium. This nutrient is natures own calcium channel blocker. Magnesium helps veins and arteries, as well as other organs, relax which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
In addition to these health benefits, lentils also help stabilize blood sugar levels. If you do not have diabetes, maintaining a stable blood sugar level is a great way to prevent it. If you are pre-diabetic or have diabetes, eating legumes on a daily basis will help balance your levels out and provide steady slow-burning energy.
So what are you waiting for? Whip up a quick and easy bowl of this slurp worthy soup. To begin, you might want to make a batch of my homemade chicken bone broth, Bone broth is very healing for the intestines and gut lining.
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 Spanish onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 QT homemade bone broth or stock of choice
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp/ finely chopped thyme
3 cups fresh spinach
1 box of Pomi organic
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add onions, carrots, celery and cook until vegetables have softened. About 10 minutes.
2. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant.
3. Add broth, tomatoes, lentils, bay leaf, thyme, and season with salt and pepper to liking.
4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
5. Give it a taste and season more if needed. Add spinach and stir intil it wilts.
6. If you prefer a creamier texture you can puree half the soup in a blender and place back in the pot.
Sip, slurp, and enjoy!
XO Jaclyn Renee
** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease.
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