Lentil Brownies

Okay, I know this recipe might sound a bit weird and you are probably thinking, ‘is she serious?!’  But yes, I am serious!  I urge you to try this because I promise you, these brownies are so seriously good and gooey!  They do not disappoint if you are looking for an indulgent treat that is healthy too!

There are many benefits to eating lentils, such as promoting digestion and preventing ill health. The great benefits of eating lentils stem from the wealth of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and dietary fibre contained within. They are especially rich in potassium, calcium, zinc and vitamin K which all contribute to essential biological processes in the body!

To make twelve of these brownies for yourself you will need the following ingredients:

2 x 400g tin of lentils, drained and rinsed
12 Medjool dates (make sure you are using soft dates and Medjool are the softest!)
60g of almond butter
40g of cacao powder
1 Tbsp of honey
1 banana
½ tsp of baking soda

The first step in making these brownies is to preheat your oven to 200C. Next, in a food processor, pulse the lentils until they are mixed.  You can then add the almond butter, banana, cacao, honey and baking soda into the food processor and blend again.  After a few moments, scrape the sides to make sure everything is mixed together.  The next step is to add the dates and then blend again. Finally, in a greased 8×8 square pan, pour the mixture in and bake for 15 minutes.

Once this time has passed the brownies should be gooey, so if they are then that’s perfect! Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before slicing into bars. You can either enjoy them right away or place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

Dill and Radish Hummous

Making hummous at home is so simple to do and is generally always going to be healthier than the shop bought versions! You have an endless choice of ingredients to include in your hummous recipes and this one is one of my faves!

Radish might not be one of the first things that come to mind when you are choosing how to flavour your hummous but they are great for both taste and nutrition. These veggies have a natural spicy kick to them which is great for soothing sore throats and decreasing the presence of mucus in the body. This also makes them useful in clearing the sinuses and combatting colds. Radishes are also known to be useful in aiding digestion as well as tackling toxins in the body. Add to that they contain a combination of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber and you have a food that is great for the whole body!

Dill is a herb that is also incredibly healthy! It is believed to be useful in aiding digestion, relieving insomnia and helping to prevent certain cancers and respiratory disorders. It is also useful for boosting the immune system as well as helping to alleviate inflammation in the body.

To make a batch of my hummous for yourself, you will need the following ingredients:

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp. of tahini
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
5 radishes
A large handful of dill, stems removed
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
A litte more dill to garnish

All you have to do is put all of the ingredients into your food processor or blender and whizz until smooth and creamy! You can then transfer to a container and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

This hummous is especially perfect for enjoying with carrot sticks or with your favourite bread!

Why it’s Important to Express Gratitude

With such busy lives and so many things to think about, expressing gratitude for the things that you have can often be the last thing on your mind. However, there are so many great reasons to do so that it is well worth remembering to include each and every day! The concept of gratitude is focused around acknowledging the positive aspects of your life – both those that other people provide and those that you create for yourself.

By making a mental note to contemplate gratitude every day, you will be opening your heart and your mind to truly appreciating the good things in your life. As well as these things, you should also make time to show gratitude for the important people who love and support you. This can take many forms. It could simply be thinking positive things about these people, telling them directly that you love and appreciate them or even with a kind gesture. This may seem like a strange idea to you at first and you may even be slightly embarrassed to express these feelings out loud to people. However, with practice it will soon feel completely natural.

As you continue to show your gratitude to those you care for, you will often notice that the dynamic of your relationship shifts. Your bond will become stronger and the other person will be more open with their own feelings towards you. This makes for a long-lasting and loyal friendship.

As well as being great for your personal relationships there is actual scientific evidence that expressing gratitude is beneficial for health. First of all it is a good way to ward of depression. This is because it encourages an optimistic outlook and provides the opportunity to focus on positive events and people. Secondly it is known to help combat anxiety because of the feelings of peacefulness that it promotes. Research has shown that practicing gratitude is particularly useful to those who suffer from stress related problems and conditions such as PTSD. Finally, there is also research to suggest that it will mean good things for your sleep pattern. This is generally because of the improvement to your mood. A good nights sleep plays an important part in your overall optimum health and should never be overlooked as an important part of your routine!

As you can see, the simple act of expressing gratitude can improve your life in several different but equally important ways. Start on your journey towards these things today by making a list of everything you are grateful for and then find productive ways to show this gratitude!