National Vegetarian Week
A shoutout to vegetarians in all their guises as National Vegetarian Week comes to a close. No, Im not a vegetarian myself, but I do eat a diet packed with grains and plant-based foods in general. And let me say - it works!
Get The GLOW
Recently, as you may have read here I have been on a mission to get the GLOW as part of a project i am working on - and of course and most importantly - for me! And let me report - so far, so very good! I am eating even less meat than before (as in maybe once per week now), lots of eggs (so I am definitely not vegetarian!), oily fish about 3 times a week (more if I can) and piling my plate even higher with grains and greens - my skin is loving it - it is feeling and looking fresher and brighter. And if my gut could speak it too would be thanking me, I'm sure!
While many people have noticed, one friend went as far as to say my face is looking better than it has in years - and that is saying something for a busy middle-years mum, still juggling 3 young(ish) children with work and life - so thank you dear friend! When I do buy meat and poultry - I choose grass-fed meat and primarily free range/organic chicken. I'm not perfect but at this stage in my life and working in this industry for close to 30 years - I do know something about health and skincare!
Eat more Grains
As readers will know, grains in all their guises are having their moment with supermarket shelves overflowing with couscous, quinoa, buckwheat lentils, hemp and more. Some of these are in fact complete proteins (in that the contain all the essential amino acids our body needs) - these include quinoa, buckwheat and hemp, while others (think lentils and other grains) although not complete, are excellent protein sources and also packed with essential vitamins and minerals. So for the sake of your body, your skin and the planet at large - eat more of them - they are so easy to cook - just check the thousands of recipes on line (National Vegetarian Week website has lots) or in some of the numerous beautifully crafted cook books, so no excuse!!! And dont forget nuts - they too are packed with skin-and-body-loving goodness!
For starters, try these Juicy ChickPea Burgers I have extracted directly from my hugely talented 14-year-old daughter Maya's Dancing Foody blog, and if you haven teenage children - get them to check it out too as the recipes are so simple, so tasty and so pertinent to their teenage lives.
Juicy ChickPea Burgers
Makes 4-8 depending on the size you like them.
You will need:
- 1 x 400g can of chickpeas
- 1 red onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- small chunk of ginger
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- pinch of salt
- handful of fresh coriander leaves
- handful of corn kernels, cooked
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 tbsp almond milk (or milk of preference)
- 2 tbsp buckwheat or spelt flour, or other flour of choice
Preheat oven to 200C
Place the drained chickpeas in a food processor with the onion, garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin and salt. Blend until a coarse mixture forms. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Shape the burgers into a patty and place on a lined baking tray. Put in oven for 20 minutes until crispy on top. Serve in toasted pitta with lettuce or whatever you fancy.
Thank you @dancingfoody