My Top 10 Health Foods

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?

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2 responses to “My Top 10 Health Foods

  1. Hi,I have just come across your site/blog and would like to say how very helpful it is. I have an 18 year old daughter who has been off track like you were as she was brought up sugar free and mainly organic. Over the last few years her moods (depression/self harm) and her skin have suffered and much more. Drugs cigarettes and alcohol have been in her life along with the self loathing which we all know only too well. To watch this beautiful child struggle has been very difficult for her and myself as well, but I know it’s been a necessary part of her self development.
    Well !!! she has finally shifted focus and has started walking in nature for an hour a day, NO sugar, but lots of avocado, eggs and the other foods on your list.
    What kicked this off was we completed together an 11 day elimination diet I was given many years ago by an 85 year old naturopath. Well her skin cleared like magic and her moods became lighter and she felt the best she’d felt in many years. However to maintain a good diet since has been challenging because she still desires parts of her old life for stimulation. The breathing is yet to come but I feel this will stop the anxiety as will stretching in place of an excessive weight regime. We are getting there finally after a few challenging years so THANKYOU SO MUCH for your wonderful site, it is such an inspiration for her, I am so grateful!!! It is exactly what we all need. Integrity with simplicity ! Thankyou so much again. Susanna

    1. Thank you for your kind words Susanna. Sending all my positive thoughts for your daughter x

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