First up, the lentil salad, which is super filling and extremely satisfying. Great served on its own for a light lunch or as part of a mezze.
Lentils are a great source of dietary fibre and protein. They also contain the mineral chromium, which is essential for controlling blood sugar levels (insulin levels) - the combination helps to make you feel fuller and satisfied for longer and less likely to reach for the cookie jar!
Lentils are also packed full with B-vitamins, folic acid, zinc iron and contain many other trace minerals, which are essential for optimum health.
Time to get cooking!
Now for something to wash it down with - an energising and balancing strawberry, banana and almond smoothie!
The science bit...
Bananas are a good source of tryptophan, which promotes the happy hormone serotonin helping to regulate mood, sleep and improve general health.
Maca is one of natures powerful superfoods to help the adrenals – which is ideal for those suffering from fatigue and stress.
Finally, bursting with antioxidants, are the strawberries whose unique content makes them valuable protection against inflammation and heart disease. Strawberries also have strong anti-cancer affects; in one study, researchers found that those eating the most strawberries were one third as likely to develop cancer than those eating few or no strawberries.
This is one of our easier yet still amazingly tasty recipes...