Connect with us

Food

Plant based proteins put the pulse in your diet

Published

on

Pulses are in the nutritional spotlight, and we aren’t talking heart beats.

Pulses — a branch of the legume or pea family — are harvested for their seeds. Pulses include chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), lentils, and dried peas and beans like kidney, navy, black and lima. Some legumes are not pulses: soybeans, peanuts, peapods and green beans, for example.

What makes pulses important are their protein and fiber content, important qualities especially for those on meatless diets.

Besides being inexpensive, pulses also have a low glycemic index, so they raise blood sugar levels less than other carbohydrates, according to the Harvard Health Letter.

Pulses are easily added to salads and stews to increase the protein punch, but food makers are increasingly providing new products that make it easy to add pulses to the diet. Among the new products are flours used in mixes for brownies and pancakes. Pulse flour made from garbanzo beans or peas can be used as a coating for food you would typically drench in white flour before sautéing.

Pulse pastas made from red lentil or black beans are also new, replacing semolina or durum wheat.

There are even new pulse-based snacks such as crackers and chips made with black beans, safflower oil and sea salt.

You can also add pulses to your diet through soups. White bean, lentil chili, and pea soup are just a few.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

—– Which side are you on? —– Get your t-shirt!

Upcoming Events

Apr
21
Sat
10:00 am 85th Historic Garden Week @ Throughout Virginia
85th Historic Garden Week @ Throughout Virginia
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm
85th Historic Garden Week @ Throughout Virginia
Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens[...]
Apr
27
Fri
6:00 pm Taste of the Town 2018 @ Main Street
Taste of the Town 2018 @ Main Street
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Taste of the Town 2018 @ Main Street
The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) is hosting “Taste of the Town”, a showcase of our local independent eateries. This event will be held on Main Street in downtown Front Royal. Come down and[...]
Apr
28
Sat
8:30 am Earth Day celebration at Burrell... @ Burrell Brooks Park
Earth Day celebration at Burrell... @ Burrell Brooks Park
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Earth Day celebration at Burrell Brooks Park @ Burrell Brooks Park
This Saturday, April 28th, the Town of Front Royal along with the Front Royal Warren County Tree Stewards and the Urban Forestry Advisory Commission will be hosting an Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration at Burrell Brooks[...]