Lentils have been nourishing man for thousands of years. Rich in protein and one of the best vegetable sources of iron (an important nutrient for women), lentils are also high in cholesterol-lowering fibre, good fats, B-vitamins and vital nutrients. They are a good source of low GI carbohydrates, providing energy to the body without raising blood sugar. Easy on the stomach and good for the heart, lentils come in a variety of colours that range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black. They have a distinctive earthy note and readily absorb a variety of wonderful flavours from other foods and seasonings. Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish. Ideal for vegetarian and gluten-free diets, these tiny nutritional giants fill you up – not out.