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You’ll get plenty of satisfying protein (9 grams per 1/2 cup) and fiber (8 grams per 1/2 cup) from lentils, both of which promote a healthy digestive system. They’re full of iron and folate, too. You can easily swap lentils for the meat in many recipes, like tacos, burgers and Bolognese sauce. Pair lentils with other plant-based proteins like whole grains and walnuts to form a “complete” protein. One cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein.