Another healthy week in the Kitchen!

This week we have had a great week in the Kitchen…. Talking to suppliers, planning menus for our first Supper and Film Night – yep, it’s all go here. However, don’t think we’ve taken our eye off our healthy menu goal of 2012. The French onion soup went down a storm! Remember all of those lovely health benefits of onions – and yes, we managed to make it vegetarian! We’ve also started our new freshly made Tropical Fruit Salads which are now available every day at both our emporiums.
From next Tuesday, there will be a new addition to our sandwich fridges. A lovely houmous, carrot and red pepper stuffed pitta. ‘Why?’, I hear you ask. Well, I’ll tell you all about it and why houmous is a star…
• Chickpeas,
o Very healthy, not containing any cholesterol or saturated fats.
o Rich in protein it’s a favourite among vegetarians.
o Also thought to be effective in preventing build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels and helping maintain correct blood sugar levels.
• Tahini
o Full of fat and calories but used sparingly in our houmous.
o Mostly contains unsaturated fat
o Great source of protein and calcium
• Olive oil,
o High monounsaturated fat content but low in saturated fat.
o Can help regulate cholesterol and help protect the heart from various diseases.
• Garlic and lemon juice
o Filled with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress in the body.
o Also work to improve immune functions and fight off bacteria and viruses.

Well there’s that’s hummus for you and that’s not all it also contains plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for improving intelligence and maintaining a healthy heart. On top of it all, is also has iron, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, folic acid, and amino acids. Tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine are the amino acids found in hummus that can promote good quality sleep and uplift one’s mood… WOW!

Now mix all those that goodness with carrot – which has been shown to help in the fight against cardio vascular disease – and the Red pepper – high in vitamin C – pop it all on a wholewheat pitta and I think you’ll agree you’ve got one healthy lunch!

Lyndon x – Latte, 2 sugars

Urban Emporiums | 30 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NP