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.