I’m super excited to have teamed up with Sarah Ann Macklin to bring you a series of delicious recipes especially designed to help support a healthy lifestyle and address some key food concerns. We’ve created five easy recipes to; focus on plant based protein, counter stress, easy lunch solutions and a recipe ready in less than 20 mins!
Our first recipe is protein packed mini buckwheat pancakes topped with hummus and roast peppers. It’s something I whip up a few times a week at least as it’s incredibly easy, delicious and a healthy and quick meal.
And pancakes aren’t just for breakfast, especially when they’re savoury – a brilliant bread alternative if you’re avoiding wheat and of course buckwheat is a complete plantbased protein. You can use gram flour (although not a complete protein like buckwheat) instead of buckwheat flour if preferred and you can top them with anything.
Getting enough protein?
Something I get asked all the time is ‘don’t you lack in protein being plantbased?’
Well not at all, it’s actually pretty easy to combine whole grains and legumes to create a complete plantbased protein. Some ideas; rice with beans, peanut butter or hummus on toast, Dahl with Flatbread.
And think about including plant proteins to keep you full like quinoa, pulses & legumes, tufu, nuts & seeds.
Sarah Ann is a Harley Street Afn Nutritionist and model and passionate about health and nutrition.
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Sarah Ann says…
Buckwheat contain’s all the nine essential amino acids, helping to reduce those cravings mid-morning and a drop-in blood sugar levels.
We created a savoury pancake, to reduce the sugar content. Sugar spikes our blood sugar levels, which we want to avoid especially first thing in the morning. If our blood sugar levels rise and fall too quickly, this will impact our cravings for more sweet/sugary foods, which allows another rise in our blood sugar, creating a cycle of cravings! It also impacts our mood, energy and over time weight gain and chronic diseases. Many people are over-consuming their daily sugar intake as it is, which should be a maximum of 7 teaspoons a day.
To increase the protein content even more hummus was added alongside roasted red and yellow pepper. Hummus is a very rich protein source containing 8 out of the 9 essential amino acids. The only amino acid it doesn’t contain is the sulfur-rich amino acid methionine. Alongside being high in protein it is rich in dietary fiber, with 100grams containing 24% of your daily recommended intake for women and 16% for men. This keeps our digestive system happy. Hummus is a healthier alternative to most spreads, so try to opt for this instead of honey, mayo or tomato sauce. Bell peppers have one of the highest vitamin C contents of food, providing up to three times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C helps support our immunity due to its high antioxidant properties.
All ingredients was sourced from the Daylesford: https://www.daylesford.com/ @daylesfordfarm
Sarah Ann’s top tip for avoiding sugar;
My top tipTop tip: Many recipes state no added refined sugar, but include high sugar ingredients such as dates, dried fruit, over-ripen banana’s which all biochemically act in the same way as white sugar, honey and maple syrup, with around the same sugar content. Many of us are misled into believing this is a healthier alternative without the understanding that our bodies break down these sugar’s no differently. The recipe below contains no added sugar, no fruit, honey or sweeteners.
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