Lentils and Rice and Veggies, Oh My!
Feeding Children Everywhere has a commitment to those we serve – to provide the healthiest meal possible for children and families around the world. Why provide something that will only provide a temporary solution to the problem at hand? This is why we chose to work directly with a nutritionist to put together the ingredients of our famous lentil casserole.
Our lentil casseroles include:
Lentils include a great source of protein and fiber
Vegetables provide natural vitamins
Rice rounds out the amino acids
Pink Himalayan Salt:
Pink Himalayan Salt has 84 trace minerals
Our meal is all-natural with NO ARTIFICIAL flavorings or vitamin mix. Our meal is also a sustainable addition to the daily diet. With our natural ingredients, there is no concern about eating our lentil casserole each and every day.
Learn more about why we chose lentils over soy below:
THE EFFECTS OF SOY
When we started looking at a meal to package, we looked first at other food organizations. Their meals start with a soy by-product. After a few weeks of research, we realized the negative effects that soy can have on the body.
Studies have shown that soy has been linked to:
- digestive problems
- immune system breakdowns
- thyroid issues
- cognitive decline
- heart disease
- reproductive disorders and infertility
Not only do these affect adults, but are much more harmful to children; especially young boys.
Most Americans are familiar with the multi-beneficial lentil, which is in the legume family. This little pea is not only tasty, but has many healthy components that are great for the growing body.
- They are high in fiber
- They are a great source of iron (iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world)
- They are high in folate, which is a B vitamin that helps your body create new cells.
- They contain healthy protein known as amino acids that your body needs.
- They have high levels of slowly digested starch which is a great benefit for people with diabetes.
With all these benefits of our meal, we realize that a healthy meal is a great start to not only combat malnutrition, but to encourage a better learning atmosphere for children here in the United States and around the world.
Studies have shown that when a child is hungry, they attend class less often and when they are in school their attention is not as focused. By partnering with schools across the globe and right here at home, we know we are helping to build up the futures of our next generation.