1. Let’s Avocuddle
They’re green, smooth and delicious. If you aren’t eating avocado, we ask: why not? Oh, it’s the high fat content, right? Although avocados are high in fat, it’s not the same fat that you’d get from eating a large bar of chocolate. Instead it’s monosaturated fat – the kind you need to keep your body in working order. Furthermore, avocados are rich in vitamins (K, E and B), and have a very high fibre content On top of all these benefits – they pretty much go with every other food! Try putting your avocado in a smoothie, or eat it with eggs or toast or both! For other ideas about how to get avocados into your regular diet, please feel free to get in touch.
2. So long Peanut Butter, we have a new friend…Almond Butter!
We’re not saying that we’ve completely turned our back on peanut butter - because it’s absolutely delicious - but if you want to go for the slightly healthier option, switch to almond butter. We opt for this one: http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Speciality... It contains less salt, has a lower fat content and is an ideal source of protein. It’s great if you are planning to do a large workout and need energy to get you through: the high protein level takes longer to digest and gives a steadier source of energy. However, a word of advice - don’t go overboard. One teaspoon is enough – spread it over banana for that extra kick!
3. How do you like your eggs in the morning? Egg-cited?
Eggs are 100% one of our favourite foods. Every morning we wake up and have two poached eggs with spinach on a whole-wheat piece of toast. Skimping on the yolk is strictly forbidden – that little dollop of edible sunshine contains over 90% of an egg’s calcium and iron. Eggs eaten with the yolk are not only full of vitamins, but they boost weight loss as they keep you full for longer, and help you to avoid snacking throughout the day. Vital statistics: high in protein (6.5 grams) and low in calories (70-85) – what more could you want?!
4. Get guns like Popeye
Spinach pretty much goes with every meal; it’s a great addition as it is very rich in antioxidants, especially when uncooked or steamed. It is a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, as well as selenium, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, copper, folic acid, potassium, calcium, manganese, betaine, and iron - *phew*, lots of technical words there! Ultimately all you need to know is: Vitamins + Minerals = a must have superfood. Add to smoothies for extra texture!
5. Not bad…cod do better…
Salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies - all these oily fish contain a great deal of Omega-3 fatty acids. Now, you may not be your colleagues’ favourite person if you whip out a can of sardines at lunchtime, but when they provide your heart and nervous system with so many benefits, who are they to judge?
6. Well aren’t you just a-peeling?
Cheap, easy to cook and delicious, what could it be?! It must the Sweet Potato! This root vegetable is high in both vitamin C, which helps you to avoid colds and also helps with bone and tooth formation, and Vitamin D, which is crucial for the immune system and plays a key role in boosting your energy, mood and general health.
7. You’ll never be blue again!
We have blueberries in all our smoothies and sprinkle them liberally on our porridge, as they have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit! Just a handful of these delicious berries will help to boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals, which can affect disease and aging in the body and aid in the reduction of belly fat.
8. Who doesn’t love a good stalk-er?
With that kind of haircut, who wouldn’t love this delicious vegetable? One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin K requirement, and almost 200% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C — two essential bone-building nutrients. Broccoli is rich in fibre, calcium, potassium, folic acid and phytonutrients, which reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. And it’s so cheap!
9. OATrageoulsy good…
If eggs aren’t available (disaster!) we always reach for oatmeal. Oats are rich in complex carbohydrate as well as water-soluble fibre, hence why they’re such a popular choice with our clients, who often run marathons. Oats are a slow digester and also stabilize blood glucose levels, meaning you won’t crave that 11am chocolate bar! Try to avoid the instant oats, though, as these often have less fibre than natural oats.
10. I’ve got a lovely bunch of…
Start using coconut oil and you’ll see so much more than health benefits! Firstly, it tastes incredible, and for that reason we use it for cooking everything from meat to sweet potatoes to general vegetables. An advantage of the deliciousness of this oil is that it means you don’t need any extra calorific sauces to add flavour! Often people believe Coconut Oil is bad for your heart, however in reality it’s beneficial. This delicious Oil contains around 50% Lauric acid which prevents heart problem like high cholesterol and high bloody pressure. The Saturated fats here are not harmful, unlike Vegetable Oil! What’s more: say goodbye to hair products, mouthwash and moisturizers – coconut oil can do it all!