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Water, organic lentils, sea salt.
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Why You’ll Love Organic Lentils
Enjoy them alone, throw them into favorite entrees, or mash them up to create your own veggie patty. No matter how Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils are eaten, you’ll appreciate the chewy texture and mild flavor that’s ready to heat and serve, right from the can. These legumes are small, disc-shaped and are so unbelievably versatile. Not to mention they offer a big boost for health, too.
The health benefits of eating Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils
Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils are easy to prepare—serve them without any seasoning at all and they still taste great. But aside from being quick and easy in the kitchen, they’ve got some serious nutrient density that is mighty impressive. Additionally, since these little guys are vegan, they’re a great way to get vitamins and minerals.
Take a look and you’ll see that one serving of Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils has 37% of the daily fiber recommendation. Fiber does so much good for the body and helps slow digestion (which makes you feel fuller longer). By doing that alone, weight can be managed more easily by curbing the urge to snack in between meal. Additionally, fiber has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol, which is the ”bad cholesterol” that is associated with heart disease and stroke. By adding some Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils into your diet, you can greatly increase your fiber intake and promote good digestion, as well as heart health.
Macronutrients can also be found in these tiny legumes, specifically magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. All of these can help boost immunity and they offer their own unique benefits.
- Iron contributes to optimal blood health because it affects how oxygen gets transported throughout the body. With plentiful iron your blood will be pumping without any issue at all, leaving you feeling energized and healthy.
- Magnesium appears in nearly every cell of the body, aiding in biochemical reactions performed by enzymes. This directly affects energy levels and how the body feels overall. Additionally, magnesium helps to create protein and repairs DNA, transports messages from the brain to the muscles, and has anti-inflammatory effects.
- Vitamin B6 is helpful because of its ability to boost immunity and energy, and also plays a role in forming the antibodies to fight off infection and disease. It keeps the blood healthy by maintaining a stable blood-glucose level and breaks down protein from the food the body consumes.
- Lentils also contain phytic acid and lectin, both of which are considered antinutrients. Antinutrients inhibit the body from absorbing essential vitamins and minerals. But don’t worry—cooking lentils will not only unlock all of their nutritional goodness but it will deactivate those compounds.
About Westbrae Natural
Westbrae Natural was founded in 1970 by Bob Gerner and Kristin Brun. They opened a brick-and-mortar store that sold homemade treats like granola and baked goods, organic vegetables from Bob’s garden, and locally sourced fruits. They’ve since grown to include a line of healthful foods including beans, soups, pastas, vegetables, condiments, ramens, cookies, and more—all of which are vegetarian friendly. Their foods are USDA Certified Organic and the cans they use are BPA free since they believe in doing good for the planet and good for the people eating their foods.
Recipes to try with Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils
Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils are a perfect addition to a soup, salad, or even a simple rice and beans dish. These flavorful lentils are low in sodium so you can truly enjoy every unique flavor in a dish, and they’re an amazing vegetarian option for meals at home. Here are a few ways to enjoy Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils in some of Thrive Market’s favorite recipes.
For a perfectly creamy soup or puree, a blender will be the most valuable tool in the kitchen. Onion, garlic, and ground cumin give it an ideal combo of spiciness and flavor, while the cayenne pepper and vegetable broth truly round out the flavors. Everything gets sauteed together, allowing the soup to become especially fragrant and rich. You’ll then put it all in the blender and blitz it until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency that will go great with some roasted veggies or a freshly baked loaf of bread. Coconut milk adds in even more luxurious thickness, making it a satisfying weeknight dinner that the whole family will adore.
This bowl is full to the brim with everything delicious—protein packed Westbrae Naturals Organic Lentils, quinoa, carrots and beets in a tasty slaw, and refreshing mint for a bit of the unexpected. The beauty of this dish is that you can also add on any other vegetables like cherry tomatoes, grilled eggplant, and sauteed spinach, which all work wonderfully and make it even more veggie-centric.
A shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with meat, but your carnivorous friends won’t even miss it in this warm, savory recipe. It’s a total comfort food that’s been updated to be healthier and just as filling. Herb-infused lentils are the ideal substitute for the meat, offering a thick consistency that truly acts as a sturdy base for the pie. Creamy parsnips are a great stand-in for too-buttery mashed potatoes. Discover some utterly irresistible vegetables in here as well, like carrots and celery that will soak up all the stunning flavors, and herbs like rosemary and thyme make it a warming, comforting dish.
For the seafood lovers, try out this sea bass recipe that calls for a simple seasoning with oregano, lemon, and olive oil. Although it’s a light dish, it’s still incredibly filling, served on top of a bed of lentils and cherry tomatoes. It takes almost an hour to prep but most of that time is spent in the oven, making it an awesome date night option that comes out looking quite impressive. Sage, mint, parsley, and basil combine to create a refreshing herb combination alongside the lightly seasoned sea bass.
Reviews For Organic Lentils
Based on 9 Reviews
Westbrae is dependably good.
Use these for soup or any recipe that calls for lentils.
You can't go wrong with Westbrae products. Quick, convenient, organic, and priced so low. Perfect.
SOO good for us - just made vegetarian chili - great flavor, great texture. Just ordered black lentils and can't wait to try them!
- Mary O'Meara
The main reason I bough this product was to avoid PCBs but as it turns out, these are firmer and tastier than Goya.
I eat lentils straight out of the can for a great protein snack that has very few calories, no sugar, low sodium and is all natural.
These lentils have nothing added that is artificial, so they taste meaty and are a great way to eat healthy. I alternate between these and garbanzo beans, and they are nutrient rich enough that they're my legume of choice before I hit the gym or go running.
- Troy Arnold
Big fiber content
I like these lentils, primarily because they add fiber and protein to my diet, and they taste good. They're good added to soups and stews, or tossed onto a healthy salad to give them an added texture. They are also good right from the can, or mixed into brown rice pasta to make a cold salad that's filling enough for a meal.
- Terri Anderson
Lentil beans aren't my favorite, but even despite that, these beans from Westbrae taste a whole lot better than the Lentils I'm used to. My usual lentils have a pretty bland flavor that makes them, well, not very exciting to eat to say the least. The sodium is totally reasonable while the protein and fiber, like most beans, is really high. It's a good treat, and I love to munch on it at the end of the night when I feel like I haven't been eating enough nutritious food throughout the day.
As a note, the cans do not have BPA lining.
- Julie T.
Salty but good
As someone cutting sodium out of their diet for health reasons I find that these still seem to have too much salt in them for my taste buds. Other than that they are a good brand and a good food. I still eat them sometimes, I just make sure that they are in something bigger, like a soup or some sort of dish where the sodium blends with the rest making the content seem less.
I do think anyone that isn't worried about a little salt would really enjoy them!
- Carson Reyes
Lentils for protein
I read somewhere that lentil are a great source of protein. My family and I have been trying to cut back on our meat intake so we have been adding more beans and lentils to our diet. These lentils are very tasty and work great in many dishes. We love to make lentil soups with them.
We've found some amazing recipes that use lentils and we've enjoyed experimenting.
- Ron Lebree
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