I am the kind of woman who can’t keep her hands of carbs. I love carbs; pasta, cake (all sorts!), chips, cheese and butter cookies are my favourites. Oh and don’t forget my favourite drink which is wine, prosecco and some more wine. But ever since I made a promise to run a 10k at a marathon every year, there was nothing I could do but start eating healthy. There was nothing else I could do then to start eating healthy.
A good friend asked me recently what I eat to stay healthy and in good shape! My answer: “Well exercise is one thing what you eat is the other!” I have selected 5 of the best foods I keep in my kitchen, to make sure I can always eat as healthy as possible.
My number one go to is lemons in hot water. In many dishes, it even enriches the taste. I love the energy boost I get from lemons! They contain over 100% of your daily vitamin C intake, are a good detox for your body, cleanse your stomach and are fully enriched with calcium!
Root vegetables (especially pumpkin to make pumpkin soup)
In many South American and Asian diets, root vegetables have been a standard for over thousands of years. The main reasons I love eating root vegetables is because they are high in fibre and a good source of vitamins A and C. Obviously there are more great reasons to reasons to eat root vegetables, like assistance in weight loss and they help maintain healthy skin and eyes. Well, who wouldn’t want that ;)!
Most of us know Spinach from Popeye where whenever he would eat spinach he would get super strong and was able to save his honey Olive who would be trapped by the evil pirate man. I love spinach and I put it either in my pasta dish or I mix it in my omelette before hitting the gym or go for a run. It provides protein, iron and minerals so it’s perfect to add to your diet to stay fit and healthy! And to give you that extra boost of energy.
In my house, you can always find Almonds. It is one of few nuts that I actually enjoy the taste. But I also benefit from it through my diet. Personally, it helps reducing hunger ( I am always hungry) and so it lowers my overall calorie intake. Almonds are low in carbs, and high in both protein and fibre. Perfect for either before or after my run!
Popcorn as snacks
Everybody who knows me knows I have a thing for popcorn (!). It’s my favourite I can eat it all day every day. Don’t test me. It’s easy to make and I recently found out that it’s a super healthy snack! It’s healthier than the much-touted edamame. It has more antioxidants in total than other snack foods that you can consume with a touch of fibre. It’s important to make popcorn the old-fashioned way on the stovetop and watch out for the over-saturated, and high in sodium buttery flavours found at the grocery store.
Tell me what your 5 healthy food pieces are in the comments below!