Jenelle Croatto APD
It genuinely brings me great happiness to talk all things food and nutrition. My ultimate aim is to help others find health and to enjoy food without any guilt - so it’s for this reason that I’m becoming increasingly bothered by the way media portrays nutrition information (correct, or not) in such a negative fashion.
You only need to scroll through social media, turn on the television or open a magazine to read headlines such as ‘sugar is toxic’ to see what I mean. Headlines like these make for great ‘click-bait’, but do little to inspire healthy food habits – instead, they attempt to motivate us by fear.
It’s high time we refresh the language we use around nutrition. To kick-start the positive food vibes, let’s take a look at some delicious wholefoods we should be eating more of.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering – sugar is NOT toxic!
These nutritional powerhouses are a great source of fibre, healthy fats and many essential nutrients. Research shows that we can reduce our risk of heart disease by 30-50%, simply by eating a handful each day! They make for a great snack and are delicious scattered over salads or as a topper for your breakfast oats.
Rich in plant-based protein, folate and minerals (iron, zinc and magnesium), legumes certainly pack a nutritional punch! They also contain remarkable amounts of soluble fibre, which works wonders for managing cholesterol, satiety, blood sugar levels and nurturing the growth of gut-friendly bacteria in your intestine.
Salmon offers an excellent source of the heart friendly, mood boosting, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. Enjoy salmon (or other oily fish) at least twice a week to reap the benefits of this natural wonder food.
Not only are eggs a terrific source of high quality protein, they contain impressive amounts of vitamins, minerals and two carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin, which a play a crucial role in eye health and can reduce your risk of macular degeneration.
Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a cholesterol-busting soluble fibre that also helps to improve digestive health. They are also a low GI, which means they’ll fill you up and prevent big spikes in blood sugar levels. While old-fashioned oats have been a time-honoured breakfast staple, try tossing a handful of oats into cake, muffin and pancake batters for a simple fibre boost.
COLOURFUL PLANT FOOD
With todays hype of ‘superfoods’ we’re forgetting one very important message – variety! While kale, quinoa and goji berries are certainly enjoying their time in the limelight; we need to remember that no one food can do it alone. Supercharge your health by eating a variety of colourful vegetables and fruits everyday!
Yoghurt is rich in protein, bone-strengthening calcium, riboflavin, zinc and vitamin B12. It also contains probiotics, live healthy bacteria that support gut health. Enjoy yoghurt as a snack, add a good dollop to smoothies or simply enjoy with your muesli or breakfast cereal.
IMAGE: American Food Association
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