Please enjoy our sixth brain food in our 10 part series on recipes to promote brain health, Lentils. This series brought to you by our Health Information Concierge. Below is the sixth brain food and recipe in the series. Do you find yourself needing help finding the right diet combination during or post-treatment? Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we are here to help you in your process to plan a diet plan around foods that are healthy and good for the brain. Call, email or leave us a note today: 425-444-2215 or WeCare@EndBrainCancer.org.
Brain Food #6: Lentils & Lentil Soup
January is National Soup Month! Let’s talk about Lentil soup, lentil soup is good for your brain and overall health. Lentils contains high protein and fiber and also make hearty additions to any meal because they’re high in folate and pantothenic acid, two B-complex vitamins that your cells need to function.
Co-Enzyme A, Folate and Pantothenic Acid
According to Livestrong, lentils can provide a key ingredient for cancer prevention: folate, a nutrient that helps your cells control gene activity.
Co-enzyme A is a critical ingredient for brain function, it is important in hormone synthesis and energy production, and general brain function. Lentils are a great source of pantothenic acid which makes the chemical coenzyme A, all points towards a healthy brain.
Each cup of boiled lentils contains 1.26 milligrams of pantothenic acid and 358 micrograms of folate – 25 percent and 90 percent of the recommended daily intakes respectively.
Lentil Soup Recipes
Lentil soup can be as easy or as complex as you like. We searched the web to find you two easy to prepare lentil soup recipes. What we like most about soup options is that you can prepare them once and have a long-lasting ‘fast food.’ Once you make a large batch you can freeze the rest and have delicious, easy to heat, soup for a long time.
Recipe 1: Lentil Soup
Key Ingredients: Lentils, bacon, onion, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, dried thyme, lentils, chicken broth, red-wine vinegar, salt/pepper.
Prep time: 20 minutes, cook time 1 hour
Recipe 2: Red Lentil, chickpea & chili soup
Key Ingredients: Lentils, cumin, chili flakes, olive oil, red onion, can tomatoes, chickpeas, coriander.
Prep time: 10 minutes, cook-time: 25 minutes
Ask the Chris Elliott Fund, we are here to help you in your process to plan a diet plan around foods that are healthy and good for the brain. Call, email or leave us a note today: 1-800-574-5703 or WeCare@EndBrainCancer.com.