5 Benefits of Eating Beans & Lentils

How was your weekend? We had a great one out here in the Okanagan Valley. Some beautiful weather combined with a birthday bbq, a Canucks playoff game and lots of work getting the facility ready.

Regarding the facility…you’re going to love it! It’s a great open space, centrally located with some fun and interesting training equipment. We will have a full line of competition kettlebells (up to 48 kg!) and more squat racks and platforms that anywhere in town. Kind of makes me laugh when you think our training facility will be ahead of all the big-box gyms on day 1 in this area.

But anyways, that’s not what I wanted to share with you today. Instead I wanted to talk a little about time and results.

Two things that we always wish we had more of. Not many people I know or work with go around saying ‘I just have so much free time’. Instead they are always looking for ways to be more efficient, get more done and enjoy life.

Going hand in hand with having more time is the goal of seeking better results. If we are pressed for time we know that can’t afford to waste time on anything. We have to have  a system in place that allows us the opportunity to apply the best information in the best way possible.

And sometimes we need to find ways to steal some time here and there.

Because finding an extra 30 minutes during your day could be the difference between getting a workout and not.

It could be the difference between moving you closer to your goal or not.

Think about all the meals you have to plan out, shop for, prepare and then eat during week.

Then throw in multiple family members, food preferences, travel and varying schedules and it can sometimes seem like too much.

So I love it when there is something that makes everything a little easier for us. Something that buys us a little time. And moves us closer to our goal.

This something is eating peas and lentils.

What? How is eating a particular food supposed to save me time? How will this help realizing my goal more of a reality.

Here’s how.

Part of the preparation for many beans and lentils is to soak them. And the nice thing about soaking these foods is that it doesn’t require heat or your attention.

So you can simply fill a pot with them and sleep on it. The next day you can drain the water and use the beans and lentils for a variety of recipes and uses from soups, to chilis or as a side with with your rice and protein.

Additional benefits

Besides being easy to prep beans and lentils are great because:

Benefit #1 – They are a good source of protein.

Benefit #2 – They are high in fibre.

Benefit #3 – They are low in sugar, cholesterol and sodium.

Benefit #4 – They are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and a couple of the B vitamins.

Benefit #5 – The water taken up during soaking reduces the energy density, meaning fewer calories are consumed.

Add to all these benefits the fact that beans and lentils are relatively inexpensive and store well and you’ve got a great food to add to your shopping list.

If you’re not already in the habit of eating beans & lentils give them a try. And if you are let me know what your favourite way of eating them is.

Your coach,

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’

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6 Responses to 5 Benefits of Eating Beans & Lentils

  1. Maddi says:

    Hi Chris, I eat a lot of beans and lentils from the can. Should I be avoiding the canned variety and choosing dried types? If so, why?
    Thanks!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Maddi: Great question!

      To answer I will assume the beans you are talking about are packed in water. In this case the only real differences would be extra sodium (which can be washed off) and the potential for contaminant (BPA) from the can.

      Most people tend to find dried beans taste better, there are more varieties of them and they cost less.

      Thanks for commenting. Keep doing so.

      Chris

  2. Laurene says:

    a comment about “beans”. If you forget to soak them overnight…you can do a hurry-up soak. Cover the beans with boiling water & let sit 1 hour…then cook.

  3. Alexandra says:

    Here’s a great recipe for beans my cousin Sarah shared with me:

    Soak 2 cups of 9 bean mix in water over night. ( you can get a big container of them from Costco )

    Saute in olive oil:
    * 4 celery stocks
    * 1 and a half medium onion chopped
    * 3 garlic cloves

    Add and stir well into the above sauteed items

    * 2 tsp chili powder
    * 2 tsp cumin

    Add: 1 – 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes

    4 cups of chicken breast

    2 cups of water

    300 grams of cubed lean ham

    Add the magical fruit (beans)

    Bring all items to a boil, lower heat – simmer for 3hrs.

    Makes 10 servings.

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