We have researched some interesting facts about foods that are likely to play a large role in your day-to-day diet.
Did you know that broccoli contains extremely high levels of protein and unlike other sources of protein (such as meat or fish) it comes without the saturated fats or cholesterol? It is a rich source of vitamins C and K which are essential to keep your skin, blood, and bones healthy as well as helping wounds heal. A great way to keep broccoli fresh for longer is to place the stalk in water when you store it in the fridge, this stops the vegetable from wilting as quickly; also helping the planet by reducing your household food waste! Broccoli can be steamed, roasted, boiled or even stir-fried- and is a perfect addition to a lot of meals.
Did you know dark chocolate, as well as been tasty, can help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and is even said to improve vision? A few squares of dark chocolate is also incredibly yummy!
Nuts are a great snack food, they’re good for your heart, highly nutritious and loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants work to stop harmful compounds in your body that can cause illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Nuts can aid heart health by balancing cholesterol, and lowering the risk of blood clots. Nuts can also be added to your meals, why not add a handful to your pasta for an extra crunch?
Eggs are rich in protein, health fats and have multiple essential vitamins and minerals. Eggs are also very affordable and are an easy way to improve your protein content in your diet- they can also be eaten for breakfast, lunch and tea! How about poached egg on toast? Or egg fried rice with chicken or tofu? Or even an egg and cress sandwich?
Whole-grain pasta has high amounts of fibre, vitamin B and E; it is also incredibly tasty! Fibre is essential for our body, and can reduce our risk of bowel and colon cancer as well as reducing constipation. Vitamin B and E are also essential for a healthy body! Why not enjoy some whole-wheat pasta with your favourite sauce with a sprinkle of cheese?