Lentils & Seeds

Lentils

Lentils, beans, and peas are part of the legume family. Lentils are high in protein and fiber while maintaining low levels of fat – making them a healthy alternative for meat. They're also packed with iron, potassium and fiber.

Lentils are available in three main varieties: brown, green and red.

  • Brown lentils. The least expensive, they soften when cooked and can become mushy. Use for soups.

  • Green lentils. Also called French lentils, these have a nuttier flavor and stay firm when cooked. Green lentils are the best choice for salads.

  • Red lentils. The fastest cooking, these lose their shape and turn golden when cooked. They taste milder and sweeter than green lentils. Use them for purees and Indian dals.

Lentils are an easy and satisfying dish to cook, with endless possibilities. Add lentils to your favorite Quinoa dish or try them prepared the traditional Indian way with our Dal Masala. For a tasty, slightly tangier, approach to lentils try our Dal Makhini seasoning.

Seeds

Adding ground flax seed into a smoothie or bowl of cereal is the easiest way to enhance your breakfast! Flax seed is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. It is reported that just two tablespoons contain more than 100% of your recommended daily intake for heart-healthy fats. It is recommended to grind flax seed when consuming to ensure maximum absorption in the body.

Chia seeds are a nutrient-rich superfood that provides sustained energy for your body. Packed with more than 8x the omega-3’s found in salmon, 6x more iron than in spinach, and more calcium than in milk. With more antioxidants than blueberries and more fiber than oatmeal, this small seed (often called Aztec running food) has huge nutritional value. Not only do Chia seeds help maintain hydration in the body, they also aid with weightloss. Sprinkle over meals, blend into smoothies, or add to water or your favorite Spice Hut tea.