One of our cafe's oldest recipes is for our Lentil Curry Soup - and while it's hard to pick favorites, this soup has stood the test of time and stolen the hearts of many of our customers over the years. This is most likely because it's just so irresistibly delicious (not to brag!), but we know there are some health-conscious people out there who also love it for the soup-er punch of nutrition it packs!
Like all of our soups, our Lentil Curry is made fresh, from scratch, every day we serve it. So if nothing else, you'll be free and clear of preservatives and that vague, used-to-be-frozen quality. But of course we offer much more than that!
The spices used in our Lentil Curry kind of get all the glory, seeing as they dress the soup up with all their flavors. But nutritionally, the true star is the wee, humble lentil.
Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore looking to squeeze in more Meatless Monday ideas, lentils are an inexpensive, protein-packed staple. According to NutritionData.com, just one cup of cooked lentils, which is roughly what you'll get in one bowl of soup at our cafe, yield just shy of 18 grams of protein! To compare, a single average-sized hamburger patty has about 20 grams of protein.
Fiber is an important ingredient to a properly functioning GI tract, including the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Lentils are happy to aid the cause, and just one cooked cup of them gives you 15.6 grams of fiber - about half of your RDI (recommended daily intake)!
If you've ever heard that a meatless meal/diet is low or void of protein, you might also think that iron, too, is hard to come by. But that isn't true, and the lentil is a prime plant-based example of how to keep the ol' red blood cells oxygenated. A single cup of cooked lentils provides you with 37% of the daily recommended amount of hemoglobin-making iron!
These all-too-important micronutrients are responsible for energy levels, optimal brain function, and cell metabolism. Some B-vitamins that are abundantly found in lentils are thiamine, or B-1 (22% RDI); B-6 (18% RDI); and folate (90%!!! RDI) for every one cooked cup.
We encourage you to look up the many other nutritional wonders of lentils. This superfood never ceases to amaze...and it's so versatile, the possibilities are endless. So once you've let our Lentil Curry soup inspire you, try something of your own (and share it with us in the comments)! Both your taste buds, and your body as a whole, will thank you!
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