You’ve all heard of them and probably had them on your plate at one point or another. Legumes are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber with no added fat or cholesterol! They also account towards your daily vegetable serving! Legume family includes: Kidney beans, peas, soybeans, peanuts, green beans, lentils, chickpeas and alfalfa.
So why should you introduce legumes into your daily diet??
1. High in Protein
Legumes are a great source of plant-based protein. For example a cup of Chickpeas contain up to 15 grams of protein and white beans contain 19 grams!! If your goal is weight loss, eating enough protein can also encourage satiety and keep you feeling full while increasing your metabolism and the amount of calories you burn after a meal!
2. Boost Your Heart Health
Legumes have been shown to decrease cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation.
3. Stabilizes your blood sugar
The high amount of fibre in legumes works to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream and maintain blood sugar levels.
Don’t like the taste or idea of eating legumes? Well here is a delicious recipe that uses legumes in a sneaky way!!
Chickpea Protein Bars