There are so many natural, easily available and budget-friendly foods that are loaded with nutrients. So many in fact, that it was really hard for me to choose just 5!
- Broccoli - usually referred to as the "boring" vegetable! Broccoli contains high amounts of potassium. Potassium helps to maintain a healthy nervous system and promotes muscle growth. Broccoli also contains both calcium and vitamin K which are important for healthy bones! Cooking Tip: Steam your broccoli to help store its nutrients. When you boil vegetables, a large amount of the nutrients are lost in the water. Try dressing with a squeeze of lemon and a crack of pepper.
- Greek Yogurt - Greek yogurt contains something called probiotics. Probiotics improve your digestive health and keep your tummy healthy! Make sure the Greek yogurt you choose has "live and active cultures" on the label. Try adding a tablespoon of honey or a small handful of berries to your Greek yogurt for a tasty dessert alternative to keep you on track!
- Spinach - Spinach is a really versatile vegetable and can be eaten raw or cooked. You can add spinach into most meals or even in a smoothie. Just one cup of spinach has nearly 20% of your recommended daily requirement of fiber! Fiber helps digestion, maintain low blood sugar and curbs overeating by keeping you full for longer. Try adding some to your next smoothie, or with your morning omelette.
Berries - Besides being absolutely delicious, fresh berries are an amazing source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are what help our body to protect and repair our cells, from damage made by free radicals. Our bodies are exposed to free radicals naturally through our metabolism. We can cope with SOME free radicals but an overload can cause things like arthritis, damage to the eyes and increased risk of heart disease or even certain cancers. Free radicals are often caused and increased by smoking, stress, alcohol and poor diet.
Almonds - Natural, unsalted almonds are a tasty and nutritious snack. They are among the healthiest of tree nuts. Almonds contain healthy fats and protein which makes them a natural energy booster! Give them a little roast in the oven for an warm, sweeter tasting snack!