As a nutritionist, one of the most common questions I get asked is ‘what healthy food should I be eating everyday’? I figured the best way to answer this would be to round up the foods that I reach for on a daily basis. Here they are,
Almonds will most probably be featured on every health freak’s shopping list. Rich in protein and healthy fats, they will satisfy your appetite by eating just a handful. They make the perfect on-the-go snack for a busy day out and about. Remember to eat almonds with the skin on because they contain impressive levels of flavonoids that act as antioxidants and enhance the effect of vitamin E that could be beneficial as we age. If you have a food processor, try making your own almond butter at home. It’s super easy and tastes better than any store bought variation every time!
If you are like me and working out just doesn’t come naturally to you (I admit that I am flexible in all the wrong places), a pre-workout snack can make a huge difference to your performance. Bananas will give you an instant energy boost and sustain your energy levels during your workout. The high level of tryptophan in bananas gets converted to serotonin in our body – the happy mood compound which helps avoid depression. Also, you can make banana chips, and anything that can be made into chips is a good thing in my books!
Whilst they get a lot of bad reputation, eggs are actually one of the most nutritious foods out there. For most of us, we can eat one egg a day and it won’t do any harm to our cholesterol levels. Egg yolks specifically carry a lot of essential but rare nutrients. Choline, for example, is an essential nutrient for boosting moods, better sleep quality, and improving concentration and creativity. Not to mention they are a packed with protein.
Nothing says good morning like a warm bowl of oatmeal. Oats lower our ‘bad’ cholesterol and improve digestion. I rely on them because they keep me full from breakfast to lunch.Remember, the food label on your package of oats should contain only one ingredient: wholegrain oats and nothing else.
The king of leafy greens, spinach is termed so because of its impressive levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and bones. If you are at risk of anaemia, eating spinach is great for boosting your iron levels. Bad news though, spinach won’t cause your biceps to inflate like Popeye. Still, spinach is extremely versatile – add to smoothies, salads, or sauté it and have it as a dish all on its own.