Avocado – by far my favourite source of healthy (monounsaturated) fat. I usually eat 1 avocado a day in both savoury and sweet dishes. Avocado is also a good source of potassium, fibre, folic acid, vitamin K, B6, C and E. Avocado’s are the ultimate beauty food. They contain Oleic Acid, which is a major part of human sebum produced by our bodies to ensure soft and moist skin. You may have read that avocado oil is similar to the oil our skin produces – this is why!
Cinnamon – the wonder food that helps balances blood sugar levels. Sprinkle cinnamon on your porridge, yoghurt, fruit, muesli and your desserts.
Berries – my favourite fruit. Berries are an excellent source of fibre, vitamins (especially vitamin C), antioxidants and they are low GI. One cup of strawberries contains your daily requirement of vitamin C.
Yoghurt – good source of protein and probiotics. Greek yogurt is best. Check the ingredients list to make sure there is no added sugar! Even some ‘greek’ yoghurts contain sugar.
Eggs –contain protein which is 90% available to your body compared to the protein in meat which is only 65% available! Eggs are also a great source of healthy fats. And no – they do not contribute to cholesterol. Eggs contain lecithin. Lecithin dissolves fat so that it doesn’t build up within our arteries!
Extra virgin olive oil – great source of healthy fat in the form of monounsaturated fat. Olive oil is best consumed at room temperature in salads. Olive oil has a low smoke point so it’s not great for frying as it easily turns rancid.
Chick peas – zinc, folate, fibre, protein and carbohydrates are all found in chickpeas. Their high fibre content helps to reduce cholesterol levels.
Nuts – my favourite nuts are almonds. Nuts contains good fats, fibre, protein, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals such as B group vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
Kale – what doesn’t kale contain!? Packed with vitamins K, A and C, fibre and calcium. Kale has been described as cancer preventative because it contains an unusual combination of two types of antioxidents: carotenoids and flavonoids.
Quinoa – amazing superfood. Quinoa contains a complete source of protein (has all essential amino acids), fibre, omega 3 and is anti inflammatory in nature. Please source Australian quinoa. Bolivian’s currently cannot afford to purchase quinoa which has been a staple food in their diet due to the high level of demand from western counties.
What are your non-negotiable health foods?