Find out all the reasons to love pulses and join the celebration of the International Year of Pulses by taking the Pulse Pledge!
This post was sponsored by USA Pulses & Pulse Canada as part of an ongoing partnership. I was compensated for my time, but as always all opinions are my own.
Pulses are a category within the legume family consisting of the dry, edible seeds of plants, which include dry peas, beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
Personally, I love all of these foods, which is why I am super excited that the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses! Because I’m such a fan, I teamed up with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada, to spread the word about pulses and all the reasons why they’re so great.
Keep on reading to find out why the UN is honoring pulses this year and join me in committing to eat pulses throughout the year by taking the Pulse Pledge! Then head on over to my Nutritious & Delicious Pulse Recipe Roundup to help you meet the Pulse Pledge challenge.
4 Reasons to Love Pulses
- Pulses are nutrition powerhouses! They’re packed with protein, fiber, numerous vitamins and minerals including folate, potassium, and iron, and they’re antioxidant-rich! Thanks to all their nutrients, pulses have been shown to improve blood sugar control and reduce blood cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Pulses are sustainable! They have a lower carbon footprint than almost any other food group, they’re water efficient, using only 1/10th of the water of other protein sources, and they are natural fertilizers meaning they enrich the soil where they grow, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Pulses are affordable! They are one of the most cost-effective protein sources, which makes them a household staple and the primary source of protein for most people around the world.
- Pulses are versatile! Boy is there a lot you can do with pulses, which is one of my favorite reasons I love them! From soups and stews, taco fillings, and pasta dishes all the way to baked goods, there are endless ways to use pulses in the kitchen. See everything you can do in my recipe roundup tomorrow!
I shared more info about the nutritional benefits of pulses over at Prevention.com. Check out the article: This Food Can Supercharge Weight Loss—And You’ve Probably Never Heard of It Before.
Take the Pulse Pledge
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing nutritious and delicious pulse recipes to help you celebrate the International Year of Pulses at home, but while you wait, head on over to PulsePledge.com to take the Pulse Pledge!
I actually took the pledge back in November when I attended the International Year of Pulses kickoff event in New York City, but I would love for you to join me in taking it again!
When you take the Pulse Pledge, you commit to eating pulses at least once a week for 10 weeks. Easy, right? Especially given all the recipe options you’ll get in my 50+ Nutritious & Delicious Pulse Recipe Roundup! (For even more pulse recipes, check out my Year of Pulses Pinterest board.)
To make it even easier, when you take the pledge, you’ll receive tips, recipes, and incentives every week. Take pics of your pulse-containing recipes and share them on social media using #PulsePledge for more chances to win prizes including Willams-Sonoma gift cards and a Pulse Starter Kit valued at 50+.
So what are you waiting for? Take the Pledge and get cooking with pulses!