What foods should we eat to get the nutrition that we need?

You’ll have heard many times that you need a healthy balanced intake of foods and there’s good reason for it too. Your body is your vehicle through life, so we all need to be mindful about consuming the right fuel. Here’s a brief insight into what we should all be eating and why!

Wholegrains – Include wholegrains such as oats, rice, cornmeal or wheat based products.  In general they are good sources of protein, dietary fibre, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.

Beans/Pulses/Legumes – Consuming beans/pulses/legumes such as lentils, baked beans and chickpeas will provide you with protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Fruit and Vegetables – Eating fruits and vegetables is a must and should be done daily. The best advice we can give is to eat the colours of the rainbow, this will increase the variety of nutrients and vitamins that you consume. Understandably there are some fruits and vegetables which are more expensive than others but there are plenty of options to choose from.

Dairy – Dairy products like milk and yoghurt contain substantial amounts of calcium, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and protein. They are both relatively inexpensive too.

Nuts and Seeds – Last, but by no means least are nuts and seeds which are a great source of many different vitamins and minerals. It’s no surprise that research now says that a hand full of nuts a day will increase life expectancy.

As with everything we all need to monitor our calorie intake, it is not the only factor to consider but it still holds some value. They say variety is the spice of life, but with food it’s essential to get a balance.

We all want to live healthier, happier and longer lives – by consuming these foods daily we’re achieving this one bite at a time.

Can you eat nutritious and delicious food on a budget?

Yes! We can all find a way to eat mouth-watering nourishing food for an affordable amount. Our health is one of the most important possessions that we own,(along with happiness) so we all need to discover a way to get the necessary nutrition to fuel our body’s effectively!

We try to keep cost in mind when we’re creating our delicious recipes.

What foods should I try to avoid?

There are a few indicators as to whether a food is unsuitable and there’s no single rule to follow, but here’s a few that will help us make better decisions

1. Eliminate processed and refined foods.
2. If your food is beige then typically it will do more harm than good.
3. If your food does not go bad, then that’s a bad sign.
4. Don’t consume anything containing trans fats. This can also be labelled as partially hydrogenated or shortening.

We’ve pulled together a list of foods that you should avoid at all times. Everyone’s needs, wants and goals are different but the foods listed below are universally unhealthy so please try to remove these from your diet or at the very least limit them.

Warning:- Do not despair over what you are about to read, there are many delicious and healthy alternatives, it’s just being aware that you have lots of other options. Hopefully we’ll be able to help out there 🙂

Avoid: Fizzy drinks (both sugar and diet options), processed meats, processed carbohydrates such as white rice, bread, flour and pasta, crisps, candy, processed chocolate, fast food, margarine and bacon.

If you need some help then we’re always here to find a nutritious and delicious replacement.

The best way you can prove to your body that you care is to eat naturally. How you get to that stage might be a journey from where you are now, but as long as your intentions are good and you’re heading in the right direction then you have every right to enjoy the journey, and your progression!