Why I took the #PulsePledge (and you should too!)
Did you know that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations? I believe this is the perfect opportunity for this formerly shy superfood to boldly step into the spotlight and gain some well-deserved attention! Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.
Today I will share my top 3 reasons for taking the pulse pledge, which committed me to including pulses in my diet once a week for ten weeks. I hope that you will join me in the pulse journey!
Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to take #PulsePledge?
Pulses are Extremely nutritious!
- Loaded with 8 grams of fibre per 1/2 cup.
- Helps in lowering cholesterol and keeps you feeling full for longer (excellent for weight management).
- Protein packed: Pulses contain up to 9 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving.
- Rich in nutrients that support heart health, bones, energy and brain functioning: iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins like folate.
- Helps in the prevention and management of diabetes through blood sugar control and increasing sensitivity of hormone (insulin) that helps control sugars.
- The newest 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests replacing some meat and poultry with pulses.
- Pulses have one of the lowest carbon footprints of any food product.
- Enriches the soil where they grow (pulses emit nitrogen into soil) which reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Water-efficient because they require little to no irrigation since they can grow in dry environments.
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3. Very Economical!
- Food prices are rising; take advantage of a healthy, inexpensive protein alternative.
- You can buy pulses dried or canned at the grocery store – remember to rinse canned lentils before using.
- One of the most cost-effective protein sources. Lentils cost $0.10 per serving compared to upwards of $1.49 per serving for beef, pork of chicken.
- Pulses are extremely versatile and can be used in: soups, sauces, casseroles, salads, whole grain or pasta dishes, falafel patties, baking options etc.
If you are looking to eat healthier, including more pulses in your diet is a fantastic step forward! By joining the pulse pledge you will join a community of health and environmentally-conscious people. When you sign up for the pulse challenge, you will be e-mailed weekly recipes and short videos for how you can incorporate them in the diet!
I am looking forward to expanding my recipe repertoire and making a new healthy habit. Will you join me?
P.S. I will do a follow-up post in 10 weeks to recap my experience and some of my meals on the pulse pledge!