Nutritious ingredients for healthy food
It’s no secret that food should taste good in order to be enjoyed. But more important than that is knowing that what you are shopping for (and consequently, putting in your body) contains the right nutrients your body needs. A vitamins and mineral food supplement helps, but you also need to change up your diet to ensure that you have a well-rounded approach to health and nutrition. Will a quick survey of your pantry and refrigerator affirm that your stock has the right vitamins and minerals in food? If you are unsure, then it might be time to head out to the grocery. While you are at it, take this list with you so you know what you need to stock up on!
1.Load up on lemons: A single lemon alone is a terrific source of vitamin C. It can also help strengthen your bones and increase your HDL cholesterol levels (good cholesterols).
- Consumption tip: the juice of one lemon squeezed in a glass of tepid water taken upon waking alkalizes your body and preps your digestive system to do its best!
2. Bring on the broccoli: Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamin K and is an essential type of bone building nutrient
- Consumption tip: Steam some broccoli, chop it up and toss it in with some olive oil and minced garlic for a tasty side dish that is jam-packed with nutrients!
1. Indulge in dark chocolate: Healthy food enthusiasts can rejoice because they can still have chocolates and reap benefits from it – provided it is dark chocolate, of course. The cocoa powder in dark chocolate has generous amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce bad cholesterols (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).
- Consumption tip: You can take a little bit of dark chocolate after meals as a dessert, but you can also amp up its use by melting it and adding it to almond or soya milk for a chocolately (and healthy!) burst of beverage goodness!
2. Peel ‘em potatoes: Skip the rice and the bread and load up on potatoes instead! Potatoes – especially if you get them in all their color variants – are a good source of folate, which is needed in order to build new cells in the body. As a special mention, sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin A, which helps keep your immune system up.
- Consumption tip: There is nothing quite like roasted potatoes, and they are definitely a healthier alternative to fried ones! Slice your potatoes thinly, put them in an oven-safe dish, sprinkle with your favorite herbs and some olive oil and then pop it in the oven.
3. Stock up on salmon: This gift from the sea is an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids. As we all know, this is needed to reduce the risk of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s. It is also a flavorful kind of fish that you will love to prepare and eat regularly!
- Consumption tip: Fancy some healthy canapés? Place slices of salmon and capers on slivers of roasted potatoes (as thin as you can make it out to be), drizzle with olive oil and add a dash of dill on top.