Lentils are a high-protein pulse that is dried and then soaked and cooked before eating. There are 6 major benefits to eating lentils including the benefit of healthy hair. Benefit number one is promoting a healthy heart. “Studies have found that people who eat high fiber legumes like lentils have a much reduced risk of heart disease. The high levels of folate and magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.” Lentils can stabilize blood sugar. “Due to their high fiber content, lentils help in regulating blood sugar by providing steady, slow-burning energy and balancing blood sugar levels.” Lentils are also high in iron. “Lentils are loaded with iron and are a great way to replenish the body’s iron stores, especially for people who don’t eat red meat like vegans and vegetarians.” Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, most notably folate and niacin (B3). The last two things great benefits of lentils are that it lowers cholesterol and packed with protein.
Lentils falls into our top 10 list because legumes like kidney beans and lentils provide plentiful protein, iron, zinc, and biotin to help promote hair growth. It is recommended that we eat three or more cups of lentils or beans each week. Although it’s rarely heard of, biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair and we all want soft manageable hair. I put together for those who just do not like the chewing part of beans and prefer something a little smoother, this little recipe. Keep in mind that I am a straight country girl, so we like meat with our beans as a base!
1 smoked turkey part (your choice)
1 bag lentils
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
I boil about 3 cups of water with a turkey wing for about 30 minutes. I then add the lentils, cup of stock, and seasoning and continue to simmer until tender. This normally runs around 45 minutes. For those that opt out the salt, using the chicken stock will add enough flavors to the beans. I decided to take it to the blender and smooth it out. This worked out great for me because I was able to consume it easier without thinking in my head that I was eating a bowl full of beans. This also cuts down on the eating time allowing you to get the right amount of beans for the week!
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