January 13, 2014
It’s that time of year again when we survey the damage that the holiday period has caused and the weight gain resultant of prolonged indulgence. The usual conclusions are that we should cut down our intake or increase our fitness and upkeep regimes. Coupled with the biting, bitter weather, this is often a depressing time wherein we realise that some of the things we love must be cut, however implementing super foods seamlessly is a simple way to improve your diet without compromising taste.
The old adage reads: ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ and throughout the ages, the benefits of apple consumption has never been questioned. Apples can easily be included in a wide range of breakfasts and deserts – adding a touch of sweetness. Apples are particularly delicious when included in a hearty breakfast porridge.
Beans are a staple of many of the World’s diet due to their versatility and high levels of protein, iron, fibre and calcium. The tomato sauce that covers baked beans also contains the antioxidant, lycopene, which has been show to prevent heart disease and lung cancer. Baked beans can easily be utilised in a mixed bean curry for great taste and many health benefits.
With an inoffensive taste, and bundles of vitamin C and folate (naturally occurring folic acid thought to help prevent heart disease) it is easy to throw broccoli into almost every dish. Only 2 florets make up 1 of your 5 a day fruit and veg portions and it is a great and affordable way to bolster main dishes and curries.
Probably the simplest thing on this list to implement into your diet; olive oil can replace vegetable oils throughout your recipes and bring with it its ability to fight bad cholesterol and champion good cholesterol.
One of the big changes that you can make with your diet when it comes to Indian cuisine is to discard the unleavened breads such as roti and naan and replace them with wholegrain seeded bread. Whilst the taste may differ significantly and it may not be as effective at ‘scooping’; wholegrain seeded bread can help protect against heart disease and help with weight control.
A great traditional of both the Indian and British cultures; tea can help improve alertness, mood and motivation. Try and avoid adding sugar or milk and drink the tea either black or green. As little as one cup a day can offer protection.