Do you ever sit at home and stare blankly at your shopping list, wondering 'does it really matter what I buy or can I just go with my usual favourites?'. Well, yes, your guilty self is correct. It does matter. Although you may love your usual two-minute noodles and Nutella on toast as quick-fixes to your cooking struggles, there are better ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle with minimal effort, just by including these five ingredients into your diet.
Cooking doesn’t have to be a strong point in your repertoire of life skills but we may have a few tips to give you a push in the right direction. Below are five ingredients you should have in your kitchen if you're looking to kickstart your healthy lifestyle, without having to go to too much trouble. Satiate your healthy food cravings with these simple yet delicious health-hacks…
You should listen to your mum when she tells you to eat that salmon on your plate, after all, mother knows best. Wild salmon contains all the essential omega-3 fatty acids and although that may mean nothing to you, let’s just say that it’s the key to glowing skin and gorgeous glossy hair. It’s also responsible for improving cardiac health and builds much-needed muscle. If your hair is breaking and your skin is breaking out, consider stocking up on this Atlantic fish for the perfect natural solution.
A personal favourite, oatmeal, is easy to incorporate into so many different recipes and foods which don’t have to be limited to breakfast. A bowl of porridge in the morning can help fill you up for longer than your average bowl of cereal. It is said that eating oats can help you lose weight due to the fact that they make you feel fuller for longer (what a bonus!). They can help lower blood sugar, supply your daily dose of antioxidants and lower cholesterol levels. If that doesn’t sound like an all-around star of a food, I don’t know what does.
If you struggle with this word then don’t worry, you’re not the only one, the pronunciation is key-nuah. You could say that quinoa is what other foods wish they were. It is one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat and contains iron, fibre and magnesium. Magnesium regulates blood sugar levels. So, after eating a bowl of quinoa, you don’t have to skimp out on the last piece of cake!
Back in the day, Popeye made sure this leafy green got the attention it deserves, and we can verify it wasn’t false advertising for entertainment’s sake. This vegetable is a great source of energy, iron, protein and many essential vitamins. What’s even better is that it’s available all year round! It’s as simple as putting some leaves in a bowl and adding the salad dressing of your choice, to make a delicious and healthy side.
Non-fat Greek Yoghurt
We’ve discovered the Greeks’ secret to delicious food and natural beauty...and that’s non-fat Greek yoghurt! Non-fat Greek yoghurt is handy because you can literally add anything to it and it would a) make it taste better, and b) boost the health points dramatically. It’s rich in probiotics, which help with digestion, and has high levels of protein. If you’re bored with your usual salads, try adding some Greek yoghurt to spice things up a bit!
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