A question we all ask ourselves – WWANE? ‘What would a nutritionist eat?’ Not all foods were created equal, and sometimes it’s difficult to know what you should be opting for. If a nutritionist were to pick out the top 5 foods more people should be eating, what would be up there? Keep on reading to find out!
Your mother wasn’t wrong when she told you to eat up your broccoli to make you healthy and strong. It’s full of Vitamin K (so it’s easy to get your daily 100%) which is an essential vitamin your body needs for heart health amongst many other bodily functions. Broccoli also comes up high on the list of foods high in Vitamin C – it’s got more than oranges! For the lactose-intolerant among us, broccoli is a great source of calcium, with none of the dairy. And of course, it also contains our friends, the mighty antioxidants – banishing those unwanted free radicals.
Beans, lentils and chickpeas all fall under the ‘pulses’ category and they’re all a great source of protein. This is perfect for vegetarians or vegans – it’s a perfect substitute for the protein usually found in meat, fish or dairy products. Even if you do eat meat, try replacing meat with pulses in stews, soups or casseroles for a lower fat option – it’s cheaper too! Pulses also pack a great double punch of iron and fibre, which is perfect for keeping your heart and digestive system healthy. Finally, antioxidants are here to save the day again! Pulses are full of antioxidants – and remember, the darker the pulse, the more antioxidants it contains.
Not just to feed to cats! Some people stray away from trying sardines for fear of their flavour, but nutritionists agree you need to give them a try. They’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help your heart function at its best and gives a general boost to your cardiovascular system. They’re also one of the best sources of calcium, strengthening your bones and lessening your risk of developing osteoporosis. Sardines also contain selenium – an antioxidant that protects your organs and banishes free radicals. The best thing about sardines is their small size – they contain much less toxins than their larger, more predatory counterparts. So, a little fish with big health benefits!
I know – the dreaded carbs – but don’t shy away from them too quickly. The carbs and protein in pasta are great workout fuel. Opt for wholewheat pasta instead of the white stuff, as wholewheat contains most of the grain, whilst white pasta loses most of this goodness during processing. Combine your pasta with a low-fat, low-salt sauce and a host of veggies for a perfect, filling post or pre-workout meal!
Popeye had the right idea when it comes to spinach. It’s super low in both fat and cholesterol, plus it’s loaded with vitamins for every part of your body. For example, Vitamin A keeps your hair and skin looking healthy, so you look as great on the outside as you feel on the inside! Spinach is also full of antioxidants known as flavonoids, which defend against free radicals and also have amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Spinach’s high potassium content also means it’s recommended as a helping hand for those with high blood pressure. Try sautéing some spinach and adding it to a meal for a great health boost.