With so many innovative diets and health myths, it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to healthy eating. That’s why we’ve hired our nutritionist Chrissy Freer to share the best ingredients from the supermarket that we should eat every day as an easy way to start your health journey, whether it’s to lose weight, gain energy, or feel
1) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
An essential nutrient in the world-acclaimed Mediterranean diet is the regular consumption of olive oil, which is known for its ability to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Always choose the virgin to get the most benefits.
Fresh garlic is rich in active compounds like allicin and allion, with proven natural antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight and prevent infections like the common cold and flu.Fresh garlic is rich in active compounds like allicin and allion, with proven natural antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight and prevent infections like the common cold and flu.
Cabbage vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower are rich in many nutrients and bioactive compounds that are beneficial for good health. They are rich in immune-boosting antioxidants, vitamin C and E, and carotenoids, plus they’re packed with cancer-fighting compounds like glucosinolates.
4) Orange veggies (carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin)
Orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash are rich in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A, which is essential for healthy bones, hair, skin, immunity, and eyes , including prevention of night blindness.
5) Red fruit and veg
Red fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A, rich in dietary fiber, and get their vibrant red color from phytochemicals like lycopene, with known cancer-fighting properties.
Berries are low in sugar, extremely low in calories, and packed with dietary fiber (due to all those little seeds), vitamin C, and disease-fighting antioxidants like anthocyanin compounds found in blueberries. Keep frozen berries stored in the freezer when fresh berry season is over.
Whole oats are packed with soluble beta-glucan fiber that is known to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Oats are a good source of plant-based protein and a natural source of prebiotics. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal, sprinkle with yogurt, add a handful of smoothies, or use as a healthy filling.
8) Natural or Greek yoghurt
Plain or Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, which are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones throughout life. Always choose sugar-free ones and look for those with active bacteria (probiotics).
9) Wholegrains (brown rice, quinoa)
Ditch the processed carbohydrates and instead choose nutritious whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat, which are rich in various nutrients like dietary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and phosphorus.
Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is essential for the formation of collagen and acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from free radical damage. It is also rich in flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventive properties.