The subject of nutrition always plays an important role on our ‘health day’, which we hold once a year here at our Speyer location. Since last year’s speaker Carina Klein was so well received, we wanted to explore the topic with her in more depth, so we set up a nutrition workshop on the subject of ‘Healthy fast food’. There was a lot of interest in this and the results were simply delicious!
The nutrition workshop took place in our staff restaurant. One employee there had already volunteered to help us with the preparation of the dishes, which meant we also had access to the kitchen equipment. There were 14 participants in total. Carina Klein started by explaining some of the theory behind vitamins, healthy fats and the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. She really conveyed the subject well and gave us lots of interesting information about our modern eating habits.
When you think of ‘fast food’, it is normally things like hamburgers that come to mind. As these largely consist of white flour and saturated fats, they do not contain adequate nutrition. This often means that insufficient energy is delivered to our brains, muscles and organs. This is also the reason why we often feel tired and fatigued after eating lunch. Ms Klein gave us lots of tips for replacing carbohydrates in particular, in order to ensure that our blood sugar levels are more balanced.
Avocado salad and flourless bread
Of course, the workshop would not have been complete without a fun element! So once we had completed the theory part, we moved onto a practical cooking session where we tried out a few tasty recipes that are quick and easy to prepare at home or at work. These included cream cheese with radishes, salad with chicken strips, avocado salad, flourless bread, and mango with mascarpone yoghurt for dessert. We prepared the individual dishes in the kitchen in small groups and had a lot of fun in the process. Everyone enjoyed themselves and was keen to produce a tasty dish. You can find some of the recipes at the end of this text 🙂
Healthy eating is something that has always been important to me but I still found the workshop gave me some new ideas for recipes that I would never have tried otherwise. For example, I don’t normally like avocados but I thought the salad was extremely tasty. We were introduced to a lot of ingredients that I wouldn’t normally use in this way. One of the participants was gluten intolerant but, as most of the dishes were made without wheat flour, she was able try everything.
Corporate health management at MANN+HUMMEL
The workshop with Ms Klein was organised as part of the corporate health management programme Healthy living@MANN+HUMMEL, a company-wide programme with many pillars.
Under the motto ‘BEING healthy’, MANN+HUMMEL takes a preventive approach with company sports activities, health education, awareness campaigns and more. Corporate health management at MANN+HUMMEL takes into account the specific needs of older employees in health promotion and workplace design under the pillar of ‘STAYING healthy’. MANN+HUMMEL also helps employees returning to work after a short or long illness under the pillar of ‘RETURNING healthy’. And under the final pillar of ‘WORKING healthy’, our occupational health and safety guidelines ensure that risks and hazards in production and administration are kept to a minimum.
Try now and enjoy, download recipes heathly fast food
- 6 eggs
- 450 g quark, 20% fat
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 300 g oat bran
- 4 tbsp linseed
- 4 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 150 g carrots
- 100 g walnuts or another type of seeds for people who are allergic (e.g. hemp seeds)
Finely chop the walnuts. Finely grate the carrots. Mix everything together. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Bake for approx. 60–90 mins at 180°C. Bake in a preheated oven for approx. 40–45 minutes at 180°C. Test it is baked by inserting a skewer, which should come out clean.
- 2 ripe mangos
- 500 g mascarpone
- 400 g full-fat yoghurt
- Grated zest and juice of one lime
- 1 packet of honey-roasted walnuts
- A few mint leaves to garnish
Halve the mangoes, remove the stones, peel and then dice the flesh. Divide the mango between four ovenproof ramekins.
Mix the mascarpone with the yoghurt. Stir in the lime zest and juice and 2 tbsp brown sugar. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and smooth the tops. Refrigerate for two hours.
Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
Flourless chocolate cake
Quick to make, extremely delicious, moist and nutritious
- 200 g butter, softened
- 50–100 g raw cane sugar (also works without sugar)
- 300 g ground almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 5 eggs
- 100 g milk chocolate, melted
- 100 g dark chocolate, melted
Fat to grease the tin. Icing for the cake if desired.
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well using a mixer.
Tip: If you like your cake particularly light, you can separate the eggs and fold in the beaten egg whites. Pour the cake mixture into a greased springform tin.
Bake in a preheated oven for approx. 40–45 minutes at 180°C. Test it is baked by inserting a skewer, which should come out clean.
Have fun and enjoy! heathly fast food