2. Kiwi Fruit
2. Kiwi Fruit
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Berries are a natural source of antioxidants thanks to their colourful and bright colour. They are at their best flavour by the end of spring and beginning of summer. Their beautifying properties? They fight against the damage of free-radicals and this is great for our skin and hair.
Now on the superfoods talk, did you know that Goji berries are a complete protein?
Not surprisingly, coconut oil had to be on the list! Known for its multi-purpose capacities, coconut oil is rich in palmitic and lauric acid, which have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inframmatory properties. Coconut oil acts almost as a natural repellent to all external threats to your body, and is amazing for external use as well. If you haven’t used coconut oil in your hair or nails, you’re missing out!
Probably my favourite of all these, but why is avocado so amazing? Because it’s rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and protects our skin from radical damage. It’s also rich in protein and contributes to the healthy functioning of all our body cells. Historically, avocados have been considered a fruit boosting fertility, as it’s pit looks like a mother’s womb. Oh, and they’re also full of omega fatty acids!
Or sunflower seeds if the green from pumpkin seeds puts you off. Pumpkin seeds are a legitimate source of iron, plant-based protein and obviously fiber. If this wasn’t enough, they are super rich in magnesium thus promoting heart health, and zinc for immune support. Just like any other nuts and seeds, these little beauties are packed with omega 3 fatty acids. So ditch the mercury-filled fish and eat these crunchy buddies instead.
I have to confess I’m a huge fan of lemon water in the morning, because I feel like it cleans my throat and my body inside and out. And in fact it does! As amazing as it can be in a salad dressing, lemons help our digestive system to cleanse and for the liver to eliminate toxins quickly. This bright companion is obviously also loaded with Vitamin C, which is essential for cell renewal, iron absorption (crucial if you’re also on a vegan diet), and collagen synthesis. Lemons will boost your immune system too, so let go of those pills and drink your lemon water when you’re sick!
Sautéed in garlic or in pesto, kale is your new best friend. Loaded with Vitamin A, which is essential in sight quality, indispensable to growth, for healthy skin, kale will have noticeable effects in our endocrine system which, in turn, is essential for our immune system. For those who are fussy about their greens, maybe stick with spinach if you’re not used to the crunch. Don’t forget to massage the kale in order to deliver the most youthful glow.
Fun fact: did you know that kale has more iron than beef per calorie?
I hope you enjoyed this little article a little different than usual, but food is a topic that fascinates me. Let me know what you think in the description below, and I’m going to make myself a salad with all these delicious ingredients that have made me hungry!
Since I came back from Vietnam, I’ve really been enjoying having fruit for breakfast. For all my life, I’ve been the toast with toppings kind of girl. When avocado on toast was trendy, I definitely jumped in the wagon. Now I see it’s getting a bit overhyped, so I don’t usually have that for breakfast (if there is something that you must know about me is that if everyone does or wears something special, I’ll probably don’t do it. Don’t know why, but I guess because I don’t want to fall into the “mass trend”? haha). So, I’ve been obsessed with overnight oats. Perfect for on-the-go mornings. But now I feel like I’ve reached the maximum of fitness guru advice: smoothie bowls.
This was my lunch. About 3 hours later I had this big plate with tomato quinoa, stir fried sweet potato with veggies, and a simple salad with tomato, avocado and carrot.
To make this, you will need:
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 tin of tomato sauce (I’m using tomato-garlic because it’s my absolute favourite)
1 sweet potato
1/2 a red pepper
1/2 a red onion
Some cherry tomatoes
Salt & Pepper to taste (Fun fact: I never use pepper!)
I suggest you watch the Youtube video in which I explain the preparation step by step. 😉
For me, fruit is an amazing after workout snack. Especially if mixed with some kind of nut butter. At the moment I’m loving bananas with almond butter, chia and hemp seeds, or lady apples with cashew butter and cinnamon!
For dinner, my Japanese side took over and I decided to make some miso pak choy with tofu, along with some sticky rice.
To make the broth you will need:
1/2 cup of water
1 Tbsp koikuchi soy sauce (or regular soy sauce)
1 Tbsp mirin
1 Tbsp white miso paste