100g = 116 calories, 8g fibre, 9g protein, 0.1g saturated fat
THE BENEFITS Costing around 50p a tin, they’re one of the cheapest foods you can find, so it’s worth learning your way around a few lentil recipes.
But batch-cooking the week before pay day isn’t all they’re good for. ‘Lentils are particularly low in fat, full of fibre and are associated with better heart health,’ says Bond. ‘They’re also thought to slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed.’
HOW TO EAT THEM Red make great dhals, green make delicious stews and brown are great for bulking out a salad.