beetroot & lentil salad (low res)

In case you missed it, 2016 is the ‘International Year of the Pulse’! That’s right; the UN Assembly has declared that the whole year will be dedicated to celebrating the food. So here are five reasons why you need to get involved:

 

1) Pulses include beans, lentils and peas
They’re cheap, low-fat, a great source of protein and fibre, not to mention contain a bunch of vitamins and minerals. Not only do they taste great alone – they also work wonders when used with your favourite fruits, vegetables and of course fresh herbs!

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Via: NHS Pulses Guide

2) Pulses nurture sustainable agriculture

They also contribute to climate change moderation and adaption – this means that buying pulses and using them in your meals is actually good for the planet and the environment! Win-win situation.

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Via: International Year of Pulses

3) You can make pulses ‘Herbilicious’ by adding fresh herbs

Fresh herbs add flavours and nutrients without extra sugars, salts (or even calories!) Here are a couple of our recipes that we’re sure you’ll enjoy. We even made one earlier:

Full recipe here: Herbilicious Pulses

4) Pulses are veggie friendly

Pulses are a known source of plant based protein and they can keep you feeling fuller for long, so they work well in vegetarian dishes.

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Via: Pulses – Fuller for Longer

5) Because top chefs love using pulses and beans in their cooking.

Not only are they versatile, they also add great colour and flavour to a dish. Just look at this one from Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Beautiful isn’t it?

 

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Via: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Pulses Recipe

 

For more information on the International Year of Pulses, click here: http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/en/