Dietetic Intern Adrienne’s SNAP Challenge – Day 5

Friday’s Meals:

[BREAKFAST]: oatmeal, peanut butter, banana, skim milk
[LUNCH]: peanut butter sandwich, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apple
[SNACK]: low fat cottage cheese, pineapple rings
[DINNER]: turkey lentil chili

[ESTIMATED DAILY COST FOR MY MEALS]: $2.90

Turkey Lentil Chili warms your soul!

Turkey Lentil Chili warms your soul!

Today’s report: not enough whole grains or dairy, but above and beyond on vegetables, fruit, and protein. Well, at least I met my protein requirements today! I have my lentils to thank for that.

Speaking of lentils, what exactly are they? When I served the Turkey Lentil Chili for dinner tonight, my husband asked me that exact question. I agree that there’s some confusion about these nutrient-packed little disks. So, here’s what you need to know:

  • Lentils are a type of legume (vegetables with seed pods including beans, peas, and peanuts)
  • They’re low in fat and packed with fiber and protein
  • They are super versatile – lentils absorb whatever flavors you cook them in and can be used in soups, stews, salads, and spreads
  • Lentils can be found in the dry rice/bean section of many stores, cooking them requires boiling with water
  • Unlike beans, no pre-soaking is required, making them the fast food of legumes!

Have you ever had lentils? I have to admit, it took me some time to get used to their texture (they get a little mushy after being cooked). But now I just love them. They keep me full and make my belly happy!

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