There are a multitude of foods that are fabulous for your health, but let’s face it: it’s simply impossible to eat a portion of each every single day! That is why I’ve identified 5 key foods that will help boost your energy levels and generally improve your health when you include them in your daily diet.
Oats may just be the best thing since sliced bread in the breakfast department. Oats are packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and contains both soluble and insoluble fibre, so it can help guard against heart disease and keep blood sugar levels, well, level. Choose unprocessed oats such as rolled oats, not instant oats.
Walnuts are full of unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids, that helps lower bad cholesterol levels and prevents heart disease. Rather than eat the whole packet though, eat 10 walnuts as a snack, or crush some over a salad or cooked vegetables for added crunch.
Tomatoes are renowned for their high content of lycopene, an anti-oxidant that helps diminish the harmful effects of oxidation. Tomatoes are wonderfully versatile and can be used in virtually any meal. Why not make your own tomato sauce or salsa, you can save time by making larger quantities and freezing convenient portions for later use.
A good source of the healthy monounsaturated fat, vitamin E and potassium. Using avocado as a healthy source of fat may even help you to lose weight! Just stick to a quarter or half an avocado as the correct portion. Try mashed avocado on wheat free toast seasoned with herb salt as a quick and filling meal on-the-run. Not only is avocado good for you from the inside, but mashed avocado makes for an interesting facial mask too!
All black and blue berries such as blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body against oxidation and aging. Choose the frozen variety for easy all year access for your fruit smoothies and berry desserts.