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