Tuesday, 14 March 2017

ROLL UP, ROLL UP Get your Quinoa HERE!

+The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation had a stall in +New Watford Market on Friday 10th March, raising awareness of Type 2 Diabetes and talking to people about healthy eating and healthier lifestyles.

We made a vast amount of Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and handed tasters to people as we talked about diabetes and how, with some small changes to the way we live, eat and exercise, we can help to prevent, manage or reverse type 2 diabetes in the majority of cases. Three out of four we spoke to were either diabetic or were borderline diabetic - quite a staggering statistic, but one that, as a nation, we are becoming more aware of. However, with a mindful approach to the food and drink we consume and an increase in the time we spend out and about (instead of sat in front of the desk, computer or tv!), there are very positive changes that can be made. Factor in some other changes, like a reduction in alcohol consumption and giving up smoking, and we can improve our quality of life in dramatic ways.

We were joined on Friday by a team of volunteers from +Watford Borough Council , very kingly organised by Lelita Bloxham - they were all very generous with their time and really helped us to engage with the passers-by. Thanks also to Darren Walford, Chair of Watford Council for popping down to see us in action. Darren and his wife Tanya have really taken an interest in our work over the past few months since choosing The MGDF as one of the Chair's two, local, nominated charities to support this year.

Huge thanks also to +Diane Richardson for really capturing the flavour of the day with some stunning photographs. Thank your for taking the time to join us and help us to bring the event to life in blogs such as these :) Thanks also to +Chris Ogle for coming along and conducting a video interview of the event - another great way to spread the news of what this charity is doing and to share far and wide.

Final thanks go to +Rio Baldwin who came and joined me on the afternoon shift in the town and who was there to keep me going when my feet said 'no'!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 small can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
handful of fresh basil, chopped
small handful of chives, snipped

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
salt and garlic pepper to taste

1. Cook quinoa as per pack instructions and leave to cool.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the chickpeas, butter beans, peppers, cucumber, tomato, onion and herbs.
3. Add the quinoa to the bowl and mix together carefully.
4. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small jug, pour the mixture over the salad and stir gently.
5. Taste and check seasoning then it’s ready to serve.

Add feta cheese and olives if you like, or a sprinkling of seeds or pine nuts to add some crunch.

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