Feel the Pulse: Nutritious and Sustainable

By: Kristie Hung, Cal Dining Sustainability Team

 

Happy International Year of Pulses! 2016 is the year to celebrate this delicious and nutritious food source.

Many of you might wonder what pulses are. However, they should not be foreign to most of you. In fact, you probably had a mouthful of pulses when you consumed that black-bean-filled-burrito.

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Photo Credit: Pulses.org

Pulses are edible seeds of plants in the legume family filled with fiber, iron, zinc and various vitamins, helping you manage body weight, blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Moreover, unlike peanuts and soybean, pulses have much lower fat content (virtually no fat), making them a great tasting healthy addition to any diet.

Hummus 3 Ways: Black Bean, Spinach and Tomato Hummus. Photo Credit: Isabella Dang

Hummus 3 Ways: Black Bean, Spinach and Tomato Hummus. Photo Credit: Isabella Dang

Regardless of season, pulses are always available. This all-year round crop have an impressive ability to grow in harsh environment. It only takes 43 gallons for water to produce one pound of pulses, compared with 216 for soybeans and 368 gallons for peanuts. Moreover, as a nitrogen-fixing crop, pulses can improve soil health of cropland in which they grow in.

Not only are pulses nutritious and sustainable, but they are also extremely easy to cook with. Some websites like Pulse Pledge, Pulse Canada and Pulses.Org have extensive collections of recipes using pulses. There is a variety of pulses. This means that if you grow tired of peas or beans, you can always try something new!

Graphic Credit: Kristie Hung

Graphic Credit: Kristie Hung

If you are not in the mood to cook, Cal Dining has got you covered! We will be incorporating a wide variety of pulses in our recipes. Be sure to check out these delicious pulses next time you dine at our dining halls!

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