Seeing as my last healthy living post surpassed feedback expectations (I'm so glad it has helped some of you, and those who haven't read it yet can do so here) I thought I ought to write another, but rather than 'how' to eat better this time I'll be covering 'what' foods I tend to include in my daily meals, snacks and recipes.
Fruit and vegetables - an obvious choice, and the one I like to eat the most of with at least seven portions a day (yes, the government recommend five, but that's a minimum.) Fresh, whole, tasty, and full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other necessary things, there's nothing I would recommend more for a healthy body inside and out! My favourites include: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, grapes, mango, watermelon, cherries, nectarines, coconut, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, kale, carrot, onion, peppers, green beans, butternut squash, sweet potato, lettuce, asparagus, garlic, chilli.
Meat, eggs and pulses - also known as protein, this group is second in line for the top spot and one that I always try to incorporate into either lunch or dinner daily as they include disease-busting vitamins and nutrients that help bone and muscle strength and repair (and therefore are crucial to those who frequently exercise) However, with meat, poultry and seafood the leaner and less fatty the better! My favourites include: chicken, turkey, salmon, haddock, hoki, mackerel, scallops, prawns, tuna, sardines, eggs, beans, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, soy, pine nuts, flaxseed, linseed and sunflower seeds.
Carbohydrates - although dreaded by many, carbs are actually a necessary part of a healthy diet as our main source of energy for both everyday activities and exercise, and they contain fibre which improves digestion and keeps your heart happy. Be that as it may, I still try to limit myself to whole grains as these haven't been chemically altered or processed. My favourites include: brown rice, wild rice, fresh pasta, wholegrain spaghetti, granola, rolled oats and freshly baked bread.
Dairy products - an undeniably good source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium which are all needed by the body to a certain extent, and also yoghurt contains good-for-your-gut probiotics. This being noted, dairy is slightly difficult for your insides to process in large amounts, can contain fat, and of course a lot of people are intolerant to it (especially milk, like me.) My favourites include: greek yoghurt, natural yoghurt, low fat organic fruit yoghurt, low fat creme fraiche and low fat feta/mozzarella/cheddar cheese.
Extras and treats - sometimes I just wanna eat something naughty, but rather than heading straight for the confectionery aisle I amp up the will power and purchase something that, although slightly sugary or processed, is still a much healthier option than chocolate/sweets/crisps/cake (delete where applicable) My favourites include: honey, raisins, yoghurt covered banana chips, low calorie hot chocolate drinks, vegetable crisps, cereal bars, branded fruit smoothies (usually Innocent) and concentrated orange juice.
What are your favourite foods or healthy buys when perusing the supermarket?