Long gone are the times when we thought of the soups as being boring. Especially since we discovered the cuisines of faraway nations. This nourishing lentil soup with mung beans is a perfect example of how exciting a simple soup can be. Despite the fact that all the vegetables are easy to see, this soup is very family and kid-friendly. Sometimes I am really confused about what my kids will or will not eat. This soup was a big hit!
A nice bowl of soup has always been known to provide comfort and warmth and in today’s world, it feels like all of us need a little bit more of this, right? I named this soup nourishing lentil soup because it will nourish your soul and your body. It comes with a lot of goodness, carrots, celery, tomatoes, red lentils, mung beans, a touch of spices and lemon juice. So much flavour! Can it really get any better? Yes, it can! Because it is super easy to make too.
The health benefits of mung beans
I have only recently discovered mung beans and I have to say I am so glad I did. They remind me of farro grains, as they are also a bit chewy and slightly sweet. Mung beans make a great addition to a gluten-free diet and can be used not only in soups but in salads or as a side dish. Mung beans are very beneficial to your health as they come with lots of vitamins. In fact, only one serve of mung beans will provide you with:
- Fiber: 15.4 grams
- Folate (B9): 80% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
- Manganese: 30% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 24% of the RDI
- Vitamin B1: 22% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 20% of the RDI
- Iron: 16% of the RDI
- Copper: 16% of the RDI
- Potassium: 15% of the RDI
- Zinc: 11% of the RDI
- Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and selenium (source)
Mung beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein and complex carbs which will keep you full for a longer period of time. They contain many healthy antioxidants, including phenolic acids, flavonoids, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid help to neutralize potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. In high amounts, free radicals can interact with cellular components and wreak havoc. This damage is linked to chronic inflammation, heart disease, cancers, and other diseases. Studies have found that antioxidants from mung beans can neutralize free radical damage linked to cancer growth in lung and stomach cells (source).
Ok, enough nerdy talking, lets cook this delicious and nourishing lentil soup with mung beans.Print
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NOURISHING GINGER AND CARROT SOUP RECIPE AND FIVE REASONS WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT (just because it is delicious)