Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » 6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses

6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses

Diet and Nutrition News & Advice, Featured, Mobile Slider Featured

So what the heck are pulses? No, I’m not referring to the pitter-pater of your heart beat. While you might not recognize the term, trust me, you’re familiar with the food. Pulses are an entire food group made up of the dried, edible seeds of the legume family…so chickpeas, dry peas, beans, and lentils. Sustainable, versatile, cheap, and nutrition-filled are just a few of the reasons why the United Nations (UN) dubbed 2016 the “International Year of Pulses”.

Let’s take a look at the many benefits of foods that fall under the pulse group…

1. Extremely Versatile

When nutrition experts call any certain food “the world’s most versatile superfood”, you better bet culinary types listen up and create a range of delicious recipes—ranging from salads to soups, and from main courses to desserts. For instance, whenever I like to extend the life of leftover pasta, salad, or a casserole I add chickpeas or black beans.

Same goes for making a light vegetable soup or taco filling an entire meal. Add some kidney beans or lentils and the added fiber will leave you satiated until your next meal. Plus, pulses blend in well, making them a great nutritional booster in soups, desserts, and smoothies without fussy eaters ever knowing you added them in the first place.

Beans

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 6 Weird and Wonderful Superfood Trends for 2017
    Tis' that time of year again! Every year since it's inception, the crack team at ActiveBeat.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Ways to Enjoy Hot Tea Month in January
    It's cold outside in many parts of the world, so perhaps tea is already a cozy part of your daily regimen. Thankfully, January is National Hot Tea Month, in Canada and the U.S.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Cacao vs. Cocoa: 6 Sweet Ways to Tell the Difference
    Just one tiny slip of a little "a" and cocoa becomes cacao. And trust me; these two foods share very different properties and health benefits (or lack thereof).
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Zesty, Creamy, Cheesy Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
    Nutritional yeast might not sound very appetizing as it rolls off your tongue, but trust me; a few sprinkles over a freshly popped bowl of stove-popped corn will convince you to...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Sweet Surprise Facts and Uses for Maple Syrup
    Maple Syrup is a staple in most homes, as a sweet drizzled topping for pancakes and waffles, desserts, and more.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Parsley
    We've all seen parsley added to a dish—it's particularly popular in more upscale restaurants where the appearance of food is taken very seriously.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 9 Weird Yet Wonderful Health-filled Foods
    You may think you have all the healthy diet menu choices down pat. The truth is there are many weird and wonderful foods you may never have considered that should find their way...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Amazing Things You Didn't Know You Could do with Eggs!
    Forget the age old debate of what came first, the chicken or the egg? It's time to focus on the many things you're favorite breakfast food and baking ingredient can do in your...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • What Does the Color of Your Fruit and Vegetable Tell You?
    If you're a regular reader, you already know that we feature our fair share of fruits and vegetable superfoods on this website.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Pros and Cons of Apple Cider Vinegar as a Super Food
    You’ve likely heard of apple cider vinegar even if you’re not an organic food shopper.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Looking Past Appearances: 8 Ugly Super Foods
    What sounds scarier, slicing open a slimy passion fruit to pick out the snot-colored seeds—or filling your body full of processed, convenience foods jam-packed with artificial...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Kale vs. Spinach: Which Leafy Green is King?
    Are you faced with a leafy green conundrum at the grocery store or farmer’s market? We know that dark leafy green veggies are good for us, but I get a lot of readers asking if...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Nuts You Should Eat
    For many reasons, nuts should be a staple of every healthy person’s diet. Put aside your fears of their fat content and focus on the many positive nutritional aspects of these...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Rosemary
    Dried or used fresh in culinary dishes or extracted as an oil and used in hand creams, soaps, and applied topically to treat chronic dry skin (eczema) and ward off insects—it...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Power of Paprika
    That vibrant dusting of crimson red atop mom’s famous potato salad or deviled eggs is more than just decoration.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice