If you have recently adopted a plant-based diet or signed up for a vegan meal delivery service, you may be feeling like there are so many new things to learn. From cooking methods to nutritional profiles, to ingredient names to flavour enhancers, it can seem like an overwhelming introduction to this healthy method of food and energy consumption. But don’t let this scare you off. Start by learning about pulses and within no time you’ll be a pro on all things vegan food!
What are pulses?
You have likely heard of pulses without even realizing, as they are often referred to as legumes. Formally, they are the dried seed of legume plants, and there are nearly 200 different kinds around the globe. Pulses include things such as chickpeas, lentils, dry beans, lupins and many more.
Why should I eat pulses?
Pulses are an incredible source of nutrients. They are packed with fibre, are a source of healthy, complex carbohydrates and each selected pulse has its own unique nutritional profile, offering specific health benefits. For example, lupin flakes are a source of iron, while chickpeas are very high in Folate, an important B vitamin for energy generation and regulation. It is also important to note the protein content of pulses. Pulses and legumes are incredibly high in protein and can become the main protein source for individuals doing vegan meal prep, and is why you will regularly find them in your healthy meal subscription service.
How can I use pulses?
There are many fun, unique and tasty ways for you to use pulses and incorporate them into your regular eating routine and to have them as part of your healthy vegan meal kit. Consider starting with the following suggestions:
- Toss them in some spices, salt, olive oil and tamari and roast in the oven until crunchy for a healthy snack or an addition to dinner.
- Turn options such as chickpeas, white beans or black beans into tasty dips and spreads, like hummus or spicy Mexican black bean dip.
- Add your favourite legume into soups, stews and curries. For example, chickpeas are great in yellow curry, lentils make an excellent lentil soup, and you can buy yellow split pea lentils to cook into a tasty dahl.
- Don’t be afraid to go sweet with your legumes! Dessert hummus is made from chickpeas, while adding white beans into a smoothie or your banana soft serve is the perfect way to add protein while also making it extra smooth and creamy.
And finally, don’t forget that you can always start with your pulses raw and soak them and sprout them. This offers you a very nutritionally dense addition to salads or to eat as a snack, as they are rich in enzymes and higher in nutrients due to their lack of cooking.
While all of this pulses talk may have gotten you hungry, it also may have made you feel like you don’t want to tackle this new field of ingredients on your own, and you’d rather leave it to the pros. That’s us! Check out Savor Living today. We’d be happy to set up a meal delivery service to suit your schedule – and to bring you some delicious pulses!