Foods & Benefits

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: 

  • 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.

Strawberries: 

  • 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.

Chick Peas: 

  • 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.

 

Quinoa:

  • 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.

Tofu: 

  • 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.

Red Onions:

  • 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.

 

 

 

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