Healthy eating: five foods worth including in your diet…
Quinoa has all nine amino acids and lots of fibre in it and adds loads of protein to a meal. Use it instead of rice or couscous. It is also great cold in salads. In fact there are loads of things you can do with it. It’s worth experimenting.
Popcorn is high fibre and low calorie and has more iron than eggs and spinach. Avoid the butter, caramel and sugary toppings and dive into a bowl full – helps with those cravings which drive you to ‘pick at something’ without adding on the pounds. I buy a bag of popcorn maize and cook it in coconut oil (watch it carefully as it burns easily).
Cinnamon added to food is great. Studies show it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and control appetite. Used regularly it will improve endurance and keep fatigue to a minimum. Try adding a teaspoonful to tea or coffee or into your porridge.
Apples on average contain about 100 calories, lots of water and lots of fibre, keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Apples are also great for regulating blood sugar so you are less likely to reach for something to snack on.
These are high in antioxidants and also pinolenic acid, which stimulates the hormones that tell your brain you are full. Try a handful – as well as a big dose of iron, magnesium and protein you won’t be so likely to go for the chocolate.