So. Let me ask you a question…
Do you want to look good naked?
If the answer is YES, then you’d better be including these 9 foods in your diet regularly…
One of the fattiest foods on the planet, and containing 20 different vitamins and minerals these little gems are a nutrient goldmine. Find out more about this little green fruit over HERE.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. Yum, yum and yum again. As a general rule the darker the berry the better for you, however each of them are jam packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
Always opt for organic where possible to avoid consuming pesticides found on the skin.
This pure protein powerhouse is unbeatable when it comes to building muscle, burning fat and upping your iron intake. Always ALWAYS opt for grass fed beef where possible, which contains up to 5 times as much omega 3 fatty acids than grain fed. Omega 3’s are very beneficial to heart health along with numerous other benefits. You can find out more on omega 3’s HERE.
My absolute go- to when it comes to fuelling up on lean protein due to it’s versatility, chicken is great in curries, stews, salads and soups. It’s a super quick and simple way of increasing your protein intake whilst being packed with vitamins and minerals which help keep your skin, eyes, bones, teeth, heart and metabolism healthy. Winner winner chicken dinner!
Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, macadamia and Brazil nuts are all fantastic sources of protein, good fats and fibre. Be careful not to over eat them however, as the calories soon rack up. Think of a portion as being 10-15 nuts or 1 tbs of nut butter.
Convenient, cheap, versatile, and a little powerhouse of nutrition packed with vitamins, minerals and protein, the humble egg really is a superfood.
One egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids along with nearly EVERY essential vitamin and mineral our bodies need in order to function: Vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins and the amino acids leucine and L-arginine. L-arginine is crucial to the bodies production of protein and the release of growth hormones, which are in turn essential for building lean muscle and burning fat.
One point to note when buying eggs, is to always purchase the best quality that you can afford. Free range organic or the omega 3 eggs are the best. These chickens have been fed and raised correctly, so produce the best eggs with a slight increase in Omega 3 content in the yolk.
7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
When purchasing EVOO always ensure that you buy the very best you can afford. Also make sure it’s in a glass bottle which is dark in colour to prevent sunlight getting to it. Too much heat can make it rancid and toxic which is why you should never cook with it and it should always be kept in a cool and dark place.
Loaded with anti oxidants and healthy fats EVOO has numerous benefits including, reduced risk of heart disease, lowering of blood pressure and helping with weight management. Drizzle over cooked vegetables, use as a salad dressing, or use as a dip with balsamic vinegar.
High in antioxidants and fibre, peppers are an excellent option for healthy and nutritious snacking. High in vitamin A and C these colourful little beauties will help look after your skin, hair, heart, eyes, nervous system, cells and waistline. What more could you want?!
9. Whole Grains
Oats, quinoa, buckwheat, rice and bulgar wheat are all examples of whole grains. High in fibre, packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants whole grains have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
Consume these good carbs post workout to reap the benefits whilst replenishing lost glycogen, aiding recovery and looking after your belly!