Sometimes particular foods or food groups get a bad reputation. I believe all whole unrefined foods are healthy – everything in moderation. We’ve unfortunately been led to believe that these 6 foods are ‘unhealthy’ but I believe they’re actually pretty darn good for you!
Chocolate – cacao is jam-packed with antioxidants, iron and magnesium. Sure, the refined sugar filled packets of chocolate we buy at the supermarkets are complete crap. But homemade or good quality dark chocolate (Loving Earth, Pana Chocolate or Blackout) are actually good for you and taste amazing! When buying (or making!) chocolate look for ingredients such as cacao, cacao butter, coconut oil and coconut sugar or maple syrup.
Fats – most people are finally starting to realise that fats (avocado, nuts, salmon, coconut oil and olive oil) are good for us. Just in case you don’t realise yet, good fats are an essential component of our diet. Our hormones are made up of fats and proteins (read more about hormones here). No wonder so many of the girls I am working with are dealing with hormonal and fertility issues! We’ve been taught to eliminate fat from our diet and are now wondering why we can’t fall pregnant or why our skin is breaking out.
Carbs – carbs have been given such a bad name. However, I truly believe that we must consume good quality fats, protein, carbs and leafy greens at each meal. Read more about my perfect plate here. Good quality carbs include wholegrains and starchy carbs such as sweet potato and potato (read more here).
Egg yolks – egg white omelettes have gained quite a following for those trying to avoid fat. However, the yolk is where all the good stuff is! The yolk contains all the essential nutrients, including Vitamin A and D and essential fatty acids. You can find my favourite egg recipes here and here.
Salt – sure white table salt is so refined that it contains little or no benefit at all. However, sea salt or pink Himalayan salt is actually good for us. Salt supports thyroid function, assists digestion, reduces stress hormones, assists hormone balance and improves metabolism.
Juice – fruit juice is definitely not my go-to juice option. Fruit juice contains high levels of sugar that enter the body extremely quickly. However, vegetable juice that is sweetened with only half a green apple or carrot is excellent. It contains a whole heap of easily available nutrients delivered instantly to the blood stream. You can read more about the benefits of juice here and try out my favourite green juice recipe here.
Do you know of any ‘unhealthy’ foods that are actually good for us?