Instead of rice, try lentils! They're dirt cheap, cook easily, and nutritionally have a little more to offer than rice. 1/4 dry, when cooked, provides only 80 calories, and also gives you 10 grams of fiber! and 10 grams of protein! THis makes them more filling, and adds variety to your diet. They have a great earthy taste and they're especially delicious when cooked with chicken broth!
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Research suggests eating 1/2 cup of lentils daily gives you steadier blood sugar, because they moderate rapid fluctuations in glucose and insulin levels. Lentils are said to help reverse prediabetes in as little as a month. Other Studies have shown that people who eat a diet rich in lentils and beans are less likely to gain weight. Lentils are a good replacement for starchy foods such as pasta. Sneak them into soups and sauces. Lentils are high in protein and a good source of vitamins.
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