LENTILS

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -

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.

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