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Indian Chana Masala

We’ve got exciting news here at Bite Club HQ!

Introducing the NEW… Indian Chana Masala! Packed with heaps of superfood ingredients, this vegetarian meal does not compromise on taste. Carry on reading for the rundown of the nutritional benefits of the ingredients that go into making this deliciously nutritious dish.

 

Wild Rice
This high antioxidant food contains more protein, zinc and potassium than white rice and brown rice. Zinc helps to protect your immune system and plays a role in muscle repair and growth. The dietary fibre content in Wild Rice may help reduce bloating, as it is great for your digestive system. It is also high in phosphorus, which improves bone strength and improves bone health overall. Wild Rice is rich in Magnesium, which is known to boost energy levels.

Sweet Potatoes
This veggie is high in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which can help to fight damage caused by free radicals. Sweet Potatoes (especially the skin) is super high in fibre, which may aid in weight loss as it helps you feel fuller for longer. Not only this but eating fibre rich foods maintains your bowel health and movements. Consuming Sweet Potato also balances your energy levels. This is because they have a low glycaemic index (GI) which means that your digestive system breaks them down slowly and releases the sugar slowly, providing a steady supply of energy to the body.

Spinach
This veggie is a fab source of folate, which is needed for the creation of red blood cells and the release of energy from food. Spinach contains the phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin, which protects the eyes from damage caused by free radicals.

Split Peas
These are a fab source of soluble fibre, which can help in reducing your blood cholesterol levels. The high fibre content can help to regulate blood sugar levels and help digestive problems such as IBS. High fibre and protein-rich foods can aid with weight loss, as they help you to feel fuller for longer.

Onion
Packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals- this superfood really is super. Onions contain a type of fibre that doubles up as a probiotic and encourages the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also contain the phytochemical quercetin, that may prevent the growth of cancerous cells and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Borlotti Beans
Borlotti beans are high in dietary fibre, which helps to improve digestive problems such as constipation. They are also a fab source of potassium, which can help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

Red Peppers
This veggie is a fab source of Vitamin C, which helps support your immune system as well as assisting in the production of collagen. Collagen is essential for maintaining healthy skin, teeth & gums! Red Peppers contain beta-carotene, a carotenoid found in plants. Beta-carotene has high antioxidant properties and can help to fight off free radicals, which are a main cause of ageing. It is also suggested that beta-carotene may be able to reduce the risk of some cancers.

Quinoa
This gluten-free grain is high in Manganese, which helps to support many of the chemical processes in your body, such as energy production. Manganese is also great at keeping your blood, brain and nerves healthy. Quinoa is a fab source of zinc, which is essential for your body to maintain a healthy immune system. When we sweat, zinc is lost from the body, meaning that active people in particular benefit from following a diet rich in zinc.

Sweetcorn
Sweetcorn is a fab source of lutein, an antioxidant that protects your eyes and skin. It is also a source of insoluble fibre that is great for your digestive health.

Edamame Beans
These protein packed beans are rich in Vitamin K, which helps our bones use calcium. Vitamin K helps our blood to clot properly, and people who have low levels of Vitamin K have a higher risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

Chickpeas
These fall under the legume category. They support your digestive health as are rich in insoluble fibre that helps move waste through the gut, which lowers the risk of digestive problems. Chickpeas are also high in resistant starch, which supports the growth of friendly bacteria in the lower gut.

Lentils
These contain heaps of insoluble fibre, which speeds the passage of waste through the digestive tract. This helps to keep your digestive system healthy.

Black Beans
These legumes contain isoflavones, oestrogen-like phytochemicals that may help to reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancers. Black beans may also help to lower the risk of heart disease, due to their cholesterol-fighting phytosterol content.

Chia Seeds
These seeds are great for your digestive health.  Chia seeds are a fab source of insoluble fibre that helps speed the passage of waste material through the digestive system, which helps to prevent constipation. Chia Seeds are rich in Magnesium, which helps your muscles relax and keeps your blood and nervous system healthy.

Garlic
There are lots of health benefits in garlic. It contains various phytochemicals that can help to disable cancer-causing agents. Some studies have suggested a link in a reduced risk of cancer in accordance with consuming garlic. It may also help to boost your immune system by activating the production of cells that fight bacteria and viruses.

Coriander
Coriander is a great source of Vitamin K, which is essential to maintain strong bones and healthy blood. Low levels of Vitamin K may be linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis. Coriander is great for your eye health, as it contains the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These are antioxidants that protect the eyes from free radicals and reduce the risk of cataracts.

Cumin
This may help to aid digestion by stimulating the production of bile, which helps your body to digest fat. Cumin is also great for your heart health, as it is rich in phytochemicals including phytosterols, which help to lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the body.

Ginger
Packed with over 14 phytochemicals, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is great for treating various digestive problems such as bloating, flatulence and indigestion. Consuming ginger regularly may lower the risk of developing high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

Cayenne Pepper
This spice contains the phytochemical called capsaicin, which helps support digestive health. Capsaicin also has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-diabetic properties and may also help to relieve pain. Cayenne Pepper may also improve blood circulation and lower high blood pressure.

Paprika
This spice is rich in antioxidants such as carotenoids, which can help to prevent damage from oxidative stress and help the body to fight disease.

Turmeric
This is a fab source of the phytochemical curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve pain associated with tendonitis and arthritis. Turmeric also has antioxidant qualities that may protect against certain cancers. It may also control blood pressure

 

Recommended Daily Allowance
Our meals are scientifically designed to provide you with as much of your RDA of a range of vitamins and minerals and, the Indian Chana Masala is no exception.
It contains 121% of your RDA of Vitamin A, which is needed for growth and development as well as healthy skin, eyes and immune system.
The Indian Chana Masala also contains 71% of your RDA of Copper, which is needed to maintain healthy blood, bones and nervous system. Copper may also help to prevent high cholesterol.