Living a Whole Food Life

The planned sugar tax is designed to reduce sugar intake from sugar-sweetened beverages by upping the price by 20%.

In doing so, the South African National Department of Health is trying to control non-communicable diseases and obesity.

The move from traditional foods to more processed and convenience foods is also linked to weight gain and an increased risk of developing diet-related diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

According to Pouyoukas Foods, supplier of a range of whole foods, South Africans should be eating food that is as close to its natural form as possible. This means eating whole grains instead of refined grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans instead of supplements to provide the fibre and vitamins they contain.

Below is a recipe for crispy sumac salmon and crushed minty chickpeas. According to Pouyoukas Foods, this is the perfect whole food meal, which is the key to a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Nothing in this meal is processed.

Crispy Sumac Salmon and Crushed Minty Chickpeas

Ingredients

3 cups cooked Pouyoukas dried chickpeas

1 small handful fresh mint, chopped

½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

Juice of 1 large lemon

Small punnet cherry tomatoes, finely chopped

3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil

1 small red onion, finely chopped

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil

2 tablespoons (30 ml) sumac

4 portions fresh salmon

Fresh lime or lemon wedges, to serve

Method

For the minty chickpeas, in a large bowl combine the chickpeas, mint, chilli, lemon juice, tomatoes, olive oil and red onion. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.

For the salmon, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and sumac to form a paste. Spread onto the fish, fry in a non-stick frying pan skin side down for 3-4 minutes on either side.

The skin should be crisp, while the fish is still pink and moist.

Serve the sumac salmon with minty chickpea salad and plenty of fresh lemon or lime.

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