HealthTalk: Pea protein is everywhere, is it healthy?

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Q: I’m suddenly seeing pea protein everywhere. What is it and is it healthy?

A: Pea protein is an extract from split peas, and food manufacturers are adding this protein to a variety of foods like energy bars, meal-replacement shakes, veggie burgers and even cereals. You can also find it as a powder to add when making smoothies.

With protein getting a lot of attention right now, pea protein offers a healthy option. Traditional approaches to boosting protein might have involved larger meat portions, yet evidence is strong that excess red and processed meats increase risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Read more… “HealthTalk: Pea protein is everywhere, is it healthy?”

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    Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad

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    Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. These legumes are part of the family of pulses, which also include beans, peas and chickpeas. They are rich in nutrients, inexpensive and versatile.

    Lentils are also hearty enough that they make a great alternative to meat in salads, soups, and burgers. This lentil salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes because it’s simple to prepare with a unique, tasty combination of spices and flavors. Read more… “Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad”

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      Make Your Burritos Green

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      collard-greens-burrito croppedIn honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the arrival of Spring, try our new cancer-protective recipe that will make your burritos green.

      Beans and Greens Burritos are green in color and environmentally friendly (because they’re meatless). These burritos have only 120 calories each yet 6 grams of cancer-fighting fiber. Lightly cooked, collard greens have large leaves that are soft enough to chew yet firm enough to hold the black bean, brown rice and corn stuffing.

      Including dark leafy greens in a meal once a day is a terrific health booster. Cook tougher greens like collards, kale, chard or spinach by steaming them or putting them in soups, stews and sauces. Expand your salads with arugula, watercress or baby spinach. You’ll get cancer-preventive carotenoids like lutein, plus calcium, potassium and some iron.

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