Looking to take your lentils to the next level? Bet you didn’t know you could pop them! This recipe is a super easy way to make one of the healthiest foods out there taste even better. Make these Crunchy Popped Lentils on the stovetop as part of your meal prep routine and you’ll always have a plant-based protein to add to your meals and snacks.
That’s what I love about these crunchy popped lentils – they’re super versatile. They make a great protein and fiber-packed snack on their own or in a trail mix or snack mix. My favorite way to eat them is as a crispy crunchy salad topper.
The best flavor and texture combination I’ve discovered so far is topping my Vegan Shawarma Salad Plate with these popped lentils. You gotta try it!
Health Benefits of Lentils
- Diets high in lentils and other fiber-rich foods are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer and are recommended for cancer survivors. Lentils are very high in fibre, with a ¾ cup serving providing 12 grams of fiber. That’s half the daily amount for women and a third of the daily amount for men.
- Lentils are an excellent source of a B vitamin called folate. Folate helps form red blood cells and is plays a key role in healthy nerve function. It may also lower the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
- Manganese is another nutrient that lentils are rich in. This mineral that helps your body absorb calcium and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Manganese is part of an antioxidant complex called superoxide dismutase (SOD). This compound protects healthy cells from free radical damage, helping prevent heart disease and cancer.
Crunchy Popped Lentils
You won’t believe how addictive these crispy lentils are! Give them a try and you won’t want your lentils any other way!
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