World Food Day
World Food Day
World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger, and also for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. At MindSpace, Hannah Rushton joins us every fortnight to share her knowledge on how to make healthy nutritious meals which are good for the body and soul. Learning is also good for your mental wellbeing as it is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
Below, are two simple recipes that are both easy and budget friendly. The dessert is more indulgent, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love chocolate?
Simple chickpea salad
Do you ever feel that lack of time is an obstacle to eating more healthily? It can be so easy to grab a ready-prepared lunch option when you’re pushed for time, but this simple, hearty salad is the ultimate fast food and can be made in less time than it will take you to walk to the sandwich shop and stand in the queue.
The salad pictured here contains:
A couple of handfuls of mixed salad leaves
A few tomatoes, sliced up
A chopped spring onion
Around 1/2 can of chickpeas
A couple of teaspoons green pesto, as a dressing
A small handful of walnuts
The pesto adds a really delicious, zesty and herby flavour to the salad, the chickpeas add fibre and protein, making it a filling and sustaining lunch dish, and the walnuts add some crunch and essential fats which are important for brain health. Best of all, it can be brought together in well under 5 minutes.
It’s infinitely variable too. You can swap tomatoes for sliced peppers – or add both, exchange the chickpeas for some ready-made falafel, add some brown rice or quinoa if you want to make it even heartier (ready cooked from a packet is perfectly okay) or sprinkle some seeds over the salad instead of walnuts. The possibilities are endless!
Healthy chocolate mousse
If you’re going to eat dessert, you should definitely eat this! Rich, silky and indulgently smooth, yet packed with good -for-you ingredients, this chocolate mousse is a winner!
Here’s the ingredients:
1 perfectly ripe avocado
1 brown, spotty banana
1 tbsp honey/maple syrup
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp plant milk
Edible flowers to garnish (totally optional, but so pretty!)
This chocolate mousse couldn’t be simpler to make, you simply place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and whizz until smooth. Divide between 2 pots or glasses, garnish with edible flowers, and try not to eat them both yourself (I definitely did NOT do this ).