Lentils, Lentils, Lentils
Updated: Dec 4, 2022
Protein packed and delicious!
Attaining protein goals while traveling without breaking the bank can be difficult. You can eat steak for dinner every night but if you're on a currency that isn't advantageous to your currency, this adds up after a week of traveling.
For us, we know we need to be taking in around 170 grams of protein a day for Bain, and around 100 grams per day for Ana. Enter lentils, an extremely healthy and protein packed vegetable that helps us meet our daily protein goals.
From WebMD, "A single serving meets 32% of the fiber you need each day. It can lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes and colon cancer. A daily dose of fiber pushes waste through your digestive system and prevents constipation, too.
The potassium, folate, and iron in lentils also provide lots of benefits. Potassium counters the bad effects of salt and lowers blood pressure. Folate protects your heart and supports your body in forming red blood cells." [https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/benefits-lentils#:~:text=It%20can%20lower%20cholesterol%20and,salt%20and%20lowers%20blood%20pressure.]
In addition to those benefits, get this... 50 grams of protein per cup of lentils! That's insane!
A common dinner for us if we have a kitchen is to make a lentil soup. 1 cup of lentils mixed with a chopped carrot, onion, mushrooms, some type of greens, and any seasonings you'd like to throw in. Boil until the lentils are soft and the other vegetables will be done.
We also pan fry a meat to go alongside the soup for added protein, or sometimes an egg as pictured above.