There are five foods which I eat often, pretty much daily actually, which are a) incredibly healthy and b) taste good! I don’t believe in following a diet that limits your enjoyment of food or feels like you’re depriving yourself. Those diets will never last, whereas sensible, healthy eating will become more of a lifestyle, and that’s when you’ll start to benefit physically and mentally.
So here are my top five healthy foods which are full of nutrients and most importantly, they are foods I look forward to eating… I have also mentioned how I include them in my meals to give you some ideas.
I literally put this in almost everything! Right at the end of cooking a curry, chilli or pasta dish I throw some in. I fry it for 1 minute with a tsp of pesto and have it alongside salmon or a chicken breast. I put it in omelettes or scrambled eggs, or as a layer in a sandwich, salad or wrap. I put a handful of it in a smoothie (you cannot taste it, don’t worry!). It is so versatile and packed full of nutrients, get this in your diet now!
- Fresh salmon
Salmon is full of good fats and omega-3 oils, which are great for your joints and cholesterol. I have salmon at least once, but often twice per week for dinner. I squeeze lemon juice on it, wrap it in tin foil and bake it, pairing it with sweet potato fries and vegetables. I also put it in pasta dishes, salads and a couple of times, I have had it with noodles or rice teriyaki-style. Again, it is a food which is versatile and delicious.
I used to eat cereals which were full of added sugar and never kept me full for very long. I still sometimes eat these (again, don’t deny yourself as long as it is in moderation!) but 3-4 times per week, I make sure I have oats for breakfast. In winter, I have hot porridge with cinnamon, banana and honey. When I don’t want something hot, I make overnight oats instead.
Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries – I love them all! With Greek yoghurt as a snack, on top of cereals or toast for breakfast, in naughty puddings, on their own…just get them into your diet because they are packed full of goodness.
Left this one until last because I am truly addicted to this stuff. I’ve started making my own which is so easy – I’ll post up the recipe soon. In shops, there are so many different flavours out there to choose from. I have it in wraps for lunch, or as a dip with carrots/pepper/cucumbers/tomatoes/crackers. It’s a great snack and good to share at dinner parties as an appetiser. It’s filling and full of good fats 🙂