My Favourite Foods - Kayla Itsines
My Favourite Foods - Kayla Itsines
I wanted to share some of my favourite foods with you girls this week! I always get questions about what I eat on a day to day basis, and honestly it is nothing that special! I try to stick to wholesome ingredients that I know will make my body feel good, and also taste good as well. I strongly recommend eating a wholesome diet that is varied and includes foods from all five food groups. This idea is what forms the basis for my Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan (HELP). Many people tell me they struggle with healthy eating because they find it boring and un appetising, I think the major reason this happens is because they don’t eat a variety of foods. If you just stick to the usual logic of “chicken and greens” you will probably get over it very quickly. You should also allow yourself the occasional treat (if you want to), this way you won’t feel like you are depriving yourself.
Here are some of my favourite foods that I try to incorporate into my diet on a weekly basis:
Eggs are a staple in my household! I eat them most days for breakfast with toasted rye bread and avocado. I prefer mine to be poached. I love having eggs for breakfast because they help to keep me full and give me energy to function throughout the day. Eggs are an awesome source of protein and B vitamins. They are also the main ingredient in Avgolemono, my favourite greek soup!
If you follow me on Instagram I am sure this comes as no surprise to you, haha! I absolutely LOVE mangoes they are my favourite summer snack. I eat them by themselves, in fruit salads and with greek yoghurt. Mangoes are high in Vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system and keep your skin looking glowing.
I love eating any type of berries, but blueberries especially! They are full of antioxidants and fibre, which can help to keep you full and your digestive happy. My favourite way to eat berries is frozen in smoothies, in greek yoghurt and just on their own as a snack!
This is another staple of mine, I love how versatile it is! I love using Greek yoghurt to make my own tzatziki, smoothies, in dressings and even in baking. Greek yoghurt is full of probiotics which are good bacteria that help to improve your gut health, and it is also a great source of protein. Try to get a brand that is unflavoured and doesn’t contain any additives, I personally prefer Chobani or the Jalna brand.
Quinoa is another favourite of mine because it is a great addition to salads and sides. It has a nutty texture and provides our bodies with all nine essential amino acids (protein). It is such a versatile food, I love using it both in the morning (in porridge) and it also tastes great mixed in with brown rice.
I love eating tuna for lunch! My favourite way to eat is in a salad. I mix it with mint, basil, cherry tomatoes, croutons, bocconcini and cucumber dressed with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Trust me, you HAVE to try it! Tuna is a great source of protein and the omega-3 fatty acids help to keep your heart healthy. The thing I love about tuna is it is so convenient, all you have to do is chop up a few veggies, add a can of tuna and some dressing and voila - you have a healthy meal!
This is another one of my absolute FAVOURITE summer fruits! I love watermelon! It is SO refreshing to eat on a hot summer’s day especially living in Australia. Watermelon is a great source of Vitamins A, B6 and C. Add it to smoothies or enjoy it frozen!
I don’t always eat these weekly, but when I do have some at home I love using them in smoothies and especially chia seed puddings. You can find one of my favourite chia seed pudding recipes here. Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and protein, causing many people to call them a ‘superfood’. When added to liquid they expand, so keep this in mind when adding to smoothies and juices!
These are just some of my favourite foods, the list could go on for ages! The point I’m trying to make is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be super expensive, or boring. Pick a variety of foods and experiment with different recipes each week. What are your favourite foods?
Love, Kayla xx
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