Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Learn How to Love Legumes; You Don't Need to Forego Flavour to Eat Healthily, Instead Reinvent Your Recipes to Be Protein-Packed

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Learn How to Love Legumes; You Don't Need to Forego Flavour to Eat Healthily, Instead Reinvent Your Recipes to Be Protein-Packed

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CREATING healthy, tasty, holistic-focused food is an ongoing goal for Australian nutritionist and food writer Chrissy Freer.

And the incorporation of legumes is a wonderful way to achieve it.

Full of protein, low in GI and better for the environment than meat-sourcsed protein, legumes regulate your digestive system and are a good source of iron, calcium and B-group vitamins.

Chrissy's most recent book, Superlegumes: Eat Your Way to Great Health, reinvents the use of legumes with more than 85 recipes and the use of an array of legumes, from more commonly eaten ones such as soy beans and chickpeas to Australia's wattleseed and lupins.

"Whole food doesn't need to mean food that is time-consuming or fiddly to prepare," Chrissy said.

"Legumes are readily available, easy to cook, inexpensive compared to other protein sources, suitable for a wide range of cooking styles and very flavoursome."

Chrissy said learning about food was an endless journey.

"The thing I love most about food would have to be its incredible diversity. You can never know everything about it," she said.

"There are so many different influences that affect the way we eat, such as our culture, climate, family history, personal tastes and likes and, of course, the decisions we make about food in regard to our own health and well-being. Food is such a powerful tool as long as we harness it in a positive way." Chrissy said just as there was incredible diversity, there could also be a great deal of confusion about food, especially when it came to health.

"With so many fad diets, I love being able to share recipes and information about food based on sound principles rather than simply what the latest trend is," she said.

"I like to be healthy, but I also love food, so for me it is all about combining good health with amazing flavour.

"Just because you are being healthy does not mean that you can't eat food that is flavour-packed and delicious."

Chrissy said great cooking did not need to be complicated. …

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