In a Daily Mail Article written by Dr Sally Norton, she shared six foods that should add to your diet to help prevent heart attack, cancer and stroke.
I love a headline that grabs you! Below I’ve expanded on what Dr Norton wrote to inspire so you to add any of these to your diet as you find them.
Including a powerhouse of nutrition into your diet every day isn’t always easy. We are busy and until take out places start adding these foods (and more) into their menus, it’s on you to make it happen.
Tart or sour cherries rank high on the antioxidant scale. The anthocyanins and other compounds have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Think post sports, sore knees, arthritic fingers and toes. I read that the anti-inflammatory effect rivals ibuprofen.
Consume: Fresh in season or drink Tart Cherry Juice
Avocado has always been on the list of healthy foods, but it’s made it’s way into the spotlight of late. Full of monounsaturated fats–a neutral fat, it’s known to help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce plaque build up in arteries, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Consume: with eggs, salads, as a dip like guacamole or use it’s oil by making salad dressings, cooking with or avocado oil spray in your frying pan. A new product that blends both yum with this great fat is Buddha Bowl avocado-licious popcorn.
More than an accompaniment to you Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, cranberries are known to help alleviate urinary tract infections.
As many of you will know, cranberries have been used for years as an aid against urinary tract infections. Choc full of antioxidants, they help protect every cell in your body from heart to skin, internal and external. Polyphenols found in cranberries are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and powerful antioxidant.
Consume: Just Juice Cranberry, dried cranberries but with no sugar like in Mike and Mikes Organic Sport Mix. *Avoid cranberry juice with sugar in it.
If you didn’t know that blueberries are a super food, where have you been? They are packed, yes packed, with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and fibre. These little babies are your answer to beating signs of ageing, improve eyesight, prevent cancer, enhance brain function and more. Blueberries should be consumed daily. Without fail. Ever.
Consume: Fresh or frozen, 100% Blueberry Juice, Organic Traditions Blueberry Powder
Not just the ones that come out of your jack-o-lantern, these little green seeds provide protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous, and is a rich source of zinc - important for immunity, cell growth and division, as well as sleep, mood, and eye and skin health. The use for them are endless, but the simplest is have them on your desk and snack at will.
Consume: Raw, Pumpkin seed oil, Zen Bev Pumpkin Seed Powder, Nuts to You Pumpkin Seed Butter, Omega Nutrition Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder.
Yes they are the same seeds that became popular with the Chia-Pet. These little seeds are rocking the superfood charts. High, high levels of nutrients including iron, calcium and magnesium they are also low-cal for those still fat-phobic. Packed with omega 3 oils (excellent but still eat your fish) but beats any glass of milk to the calcium punch.
Consume: Nature’s Emporium chia pudding, Organic traditions chia seeds, Synergy Kombucha with chia seeds, Weeds and Seeds cereal.
Every time you eat or put food into your mouth, it’s an opportunity to nourish your body or not. That may sound heavy but it’s true. If you choose to eat a donut, you likely know by now that it’s not good for you. So if you do eat the donut, you’d better make up for it later. Those clients that I see in a rut where they are in denial about the bad choices that they are making are on that slippery slope to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity or being overweight, stroke, diabetes or the new one diabesity.
Add these to your diet and you’ve just decreased that slope and turned it on it’s head.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse of protein, fibre, calcium, iron, vitamins and essential fats. It might seem like an odd thing to eat seeds and milk, but this is a meal or snack that will appeal to the whole family.
1/3 cup white chia seeds
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
Put all the ingredients in a medium jar. Cover with a lid and shake it all up.
Put in the fridge. Go back in an hour or so and shake it up again. Leave it overnight.
In the morning, pour about a cup into a bowl, add blueberries or other fruit, nuts or seeds.
Be sure to drink lots today as these seeds are fantastic fibre.