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With the perfect combo of slowly digested protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, these little legumes could be the ideal energy food. Just one half cup of cooked lentils provides more protein than an egg and more than a quarter of your daily dose of fiber for only 115 calories and practically zero fat. Because they don’t require soaking, you can cook them in a fraction of the time it takes to make beans. Use them to beef up protein in salads, soups, and veggie burgers.