Avocados contain the heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats that are better for us. These fruits are beautiful, versatile and “superfoods” due to their vitamin E, fibre, and healthier fat content.
1. Coconut Water
Coconut water is a great alternative to sugary soft drinks and for when water is just too dull. It’s full of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous which are involved in muscle, nerve and brain function. It’s a favourite of mine as its super hydrating after a workout.
2. Coconut/ almond/ or any nut milks
I love the creaminess of nut milks in porridge or cereal. If you are lactose intolerant, swapping to nut milk is a good place to start. Nut milks are simply milks made out of water, nut or seed of your choice, and possible flavour additions (such as vanilla or cinnamon). Nut milks taste great, and are easy to make and affordable.
Avocados are always found in the fridge or a fruit bowl, avocado is a permanent fixture in my home! Its high fat content has led to many thinking they are ‘unhealthy’ but avocados contain the heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats that are better for us. These fruits are beautiful, versatile and “superfoods” due to their vitamin E, fibre, and healthier fat content.
4. Dark, leafy greens
such as kale, spinach and broccoli. I make my own cold fresh pressed juice every two days and store it in the fridge in glass bottles. I love to load up on greens in my juice including cucumber, celery and ginger for its digestive and immune system properties. I find the green juices helpful to keep me hydrated throughout the week and can be very nice way to curb hunger which is often mixed up with thirst.
Nuts feature heavily in my diet. I carry small portions of mixed nuts with me as a snack for when my blood sugar levels dip. Their high protein content means the glucose is released more slowly, keeping me fuller for longer plus nuts are nutritional wonders – high in magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese plus B vitamins and vitamin E. Cashews, almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts are my favourites. Another of my favourites are nut butters such as coconut or almond
6. Coconut butter
In fact I love all nut butters, but coconut butter is particularly tasty to cook with. Essentially a coconut meat-based puree, coconut butter is full of protein, fibre and healthier fats. It’s very good as a spread on toast or melted and drizzled over fruit or in a smoothie.
A rich source of protein – or amino acids – the building blocks of protein needed by every cell in the body – skin, hair, nails, lean muscle, healthier digestive tract – they all all rely on protein. If protein is involved in every cell in our body, you can understand the importance of eating enough, but you should also consider eating the best quality. Our bodies digest and absorb some proteins a little better or worse than others and eggs are the gold standard! The perfect protein. I adore eggs for breakfast….
8. Sliced turkey
Meat is another valuable source of protein and other nutrients but we do know that too much red meat isn’t great for our health. I choose white meat (such as turkey or chicken) as its low fat content but it is still packed full of protein, vitamin B6, and B3.
9. Fresh fruit
My fridge is bursting with fresh fruit of all different colours. I have a regular supply of berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and raspberries) for their rich phytochemical and vitamin C content. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring nutrients that help protect cells from damage. Fruit is also rich in fibre (but you must eat the whole fruit, not the juice!) which slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream and can help with regulating insulin levels.
You will always find a few squares of chocolate in my fridge! I choose a plain dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (at least 70%). Good quality chocolate does contain minerals and antioxidants. It’s the cocoa bean where the benefits of chocolate are found – not in the cocoa butter or sugar. Choose few small squares of good quality, high cocoa chocolate.
This article reflects the opinion of Gabriela Peacock and is intended as general advice only. You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any new course of conduct.