February Healthy Food Favourites

With only a month to go, you might be thinking more about your diet and if you find that you're lacking energy then you should swap some of these food favourites into your diet to give you a boost.

Avocado - great on toast with a sprinkle of salt and tomatoes on top! It's classed as a super food so is full of good fats that are high vitamins and minerals - over 20 of them. They contain more potassium than bananas too, which is something that most of us lack in our diet.

Peanut Butter - Our favourite is the meridian crunchy peanut butter, the smooth can be a bit bland, although if you like smooth peanut butter then it could be right up your street! Usually we'll have this on our toast in place of butter, but it can also be mixed into smoothies or cakes too. This low fat Peanut Butter and Chocolate cheesecake might be something you want to try if you're after a treat, it's also high in protein so is a great after-challenge snack - and after all, is there a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate??

Flaxseed - this is usually found grounded and is a great source of omega 3 fatty acid which helps keep the heart healthy. We usually mix it into our morning porridge or smoothie and sometimes into some yogurt, but it can be added to anything, even meat dishes that can be served to the whole family!

Wholegrain bread - such a simple change that can be one of the first steps that you take to becoming a healthier version of yourself. It contains a lot more fibre than bleached white bread (adults need 25 to 35 grams of fibre a day). Some other ways to increase wholegrain in your diet would be to:

  • Make risottos, and other rice-like dishes with whole grains such as brown rice, bulgur or quinoa.
  • Enjoy whole grain salads like tabbouleh.
  • Buy whole grain pasta, or a blend that's part whole-grain, part white.
  • Look for cereals made with grains like Kamut®, kasha (buckwheat) or spelt.
  • Stir a handful of rolled oats in your yogurt, for quick crunch with no cooking necessary.

Peppermint Tea - Peppermint tea is not only super tasty, but it's also pretty good for you. It aids digestion, reduces pain, reduces inflammation and can even help you to lose weight. Being naturally caffeine free it's a good way to wind down at night and relax after your challenge.

We hope this inspires you a bit to change up your eating habits, so please let us know how you get on!

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