Friday, November 02, 2012
SNAPS FROM THE LOCAL FOOD MARKETAs well as a nutritionist, I’m also a bit of ‘foodie’; I guess you are thinking they go hand in hand, but they don’t necessarily. Anyway, because of my interest in food and nutrition, last Sunday I took myself off to a Food Market hosted by Mac Birmingham. At the event, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month, you can find a variety of food stalls displaying tasty treats and specialist goods produced by local artisan bakers, chefs and other homemade food producers. Here are a some snaps from the day to whet your appetite.
One of the stalls that really aroused my interest was KUSKUSFoods - a company that produces delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food for events, farmer’s markets and festivals. Now I’m a carnivore through and through, so it certainly wasn't down to the fact that I was a vegetarian that drew me to this stall, however, I was really taken aback by the chef’s passion and values for his KUSKUS business and his knowledge of food, nutrition and worldwide cuisine. His stall was particularly busy, which of course speaks volumes for the service and food he provided, and I was assured by my mum that he made the best falafels she had ever tasted!
I would urge anyone who is vegetarian/vegan or who is considering this type of diet to visit the KUSKUS website and find out which market Mo (the chef/owner) will be selling his produce from next, and even if you are a meat eater, wouldn't it be great to have a tasty alternative non-meat option to choose from once in a while.
THE VEGETARIAN DIET
There is a common misconception that the vegetarian diet is unhealthy or in some way lacking in vital nutrients, but well planned vegetarian diets can be both nutritious and healthy, and have been associated with lower risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer and lower blood cholesterol levels. I’m not in any way advocating a vegetarian diet, but I do want to reassure people that they can still enjoy a nutritious and complete diet if they choose this way of eating. The biggest issue that people are concerned about is whether they will get enough protein if they are cutting out meat, poultry and fish. Well here are some great vegetarian sources of protein that you can incorporate in to your diet, depending on what type of vegetarian you are (yes there are different types):
-Bean, lentils and chickpeas
-Soya and soya products
-Nuts & Seeds
-Milk and dairy
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