Eat Your Way To Health
Blueberries seem to get the best press, but all berries are packed full of nutrients, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and fibre. They are also very low in calories, so you can pop them all day long without worrying about putting on weight. They are a great alternative to sweets and chocolate because, although they are so sweet, this comes from natural, non-refined sugars, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar levels.
Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables in this country and there are several good reasons why this should be. It is full of many vitamins -- vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and beta-carotene -- and is also packed with fibre, which helps your digestive system.
This fatty fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids (that aid cardiovascular health), protein and iron, and is extremely low in calories. It is so versatile that you can make it in a huge range of different meals and still benefit from this superfood.
Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and protein. They can be cooked in a variety of different ways: boiled, poached, fried and scrambled. Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack as they are so portable and can be added to most meals as a healthy supplement.
Green tea has been proven to lower cholesterol. It contains the anti-oxidant ECGC which may prevent cancer cells from forming and suppress the spread of tumours.
Sweet potatoes are such a great alternative to their better-known cousin the white potato as they are so much more nutritious. They are packed full of vitamin C, calcium and potassium and can also stop sugar cravings as they are very sweet when cooked.
A handful of nuts a day will provide you with healthy fats, fibre and anti-oxidants, which can go a long way in protecting from heart disease and reducing blood clots. Make sure you choose nuts that have not been salted, roasted or flavoured in any way and control your portion size, as nuts can become extremely fattening if you eat too many. You could easily have too much of a good thing here.