I just wanted to talk about some of my fave foods that I always have in my house and why I love them for more than just their taste!
- Spinach > Iceberg Lettuce any day! Spinach is my go to for salads and I love cooking it into a dish to give the dish a “creamy” texture.
- As a vegan, spinach is a must have since it provides all of the best and most important vitamins.
- Try putting 1/2 a cup of spinach is your next smoothie, you won’t regret it!
- Not only is Spinach delicious, it is packed with health benefits:
- High in Vitamin K, helping to maintain bone health.
- Boosts eyesight through Vitamin A.
- Rich in B Vitamins and iron to increase energy.
- It’s hard to meet anyone who says they don’t like strawberries, these delicious fruits are the candy of the fruit world.
- Strawberries are so versatile, you can use them in smoothies, in salads, in fun cocktails and drinks, covered in dark chocolate or just by themselves.
- These wonderful fruits are best when they are fresh in my opinion so I often opt for the frozen ones in bulk when they are out of season and use that in my smoothies almost every morning!
- Strawberries have so many sweet health benefits:
- High in fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar and support digestion.
- Immune supportive through Vitamin C.
- Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.
- By far one of my all time faves are chick peas.
- Another versatile food that you can eat raw, roasted and seasoned, in a salad with other veggies, or in a salad by itself, mashed and more!
- These delicious peas are tiny but have HUGE health benefits:
- Protein and iron dense providing sustained energy.
- Rich in fibre, helping to lower cholesterol and provide digestive support helping to protect the colon.
- High in manganese and other trace minerals.
- If you’ve noticed by my recipes, I LOVE QUINOA, its so easy to make and you can use it as a filling base for pretty much ANY meal.
- Quinoa has a number of great health benefits:
- Rich in protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
- High manganese content helps to support thyroid function and stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Rich in antioxidants , providing anti-inflammatory benefits that support digestion.
- I love using tofu to substitute meats for a number of meals, I always use the extra firm kind.
- Although tofu contains soy which is not the best option for women due to its potential to increase the risk of breast cancer, I believe that in moderation tofu and soy are harmless.
- Tempeh is another option similar to tofu that I like to use if I know I am going to be using more meat substitutes for an extended period of time
- Tofu however does have a number of health benefits:
- Heart supporting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rich in omega-3 fats.
- Good source of protein and iron providing slow burning energy.
- I am completely obsessed with onions, they are my fave vegetable and I put onion is pretty much everything I make (other than smoothies…), I can literally eat raw onion by itself which many people find disgusting…whatever.
- Onions are awesome for cooking, and add a lot of flavour to the dish, nothing smells better than onions being pan cooked with garlic.. yum!
- Red Onions in particular have some awesome health benefits:
- Rich in sulphur components providing cardiovascular support.
- Help increase bone density and strengthen connective tissues.