It’s that time of year when we all need a nutritional boost – so incorporate our fabulous nutritious recipes into your weekly list!
Having a healthy diet and doing moderate exercise will radically improve your heart health. You need foods that improve circulation and lower blood pressure, like our slow-cooked pork casserole with grapes. For a healthy heart, we need to incorporate foods into our diet that lower the “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels, boost the “good” (HDL) cholesterol in our blood, and keep blood pressure at the right spot. Include oily fish, oats and pulses in your diet. Resveratrol, found in grapes (and wine, of course) protects the heart, too! And chocolate – yes! Chocolate in its dark form and eaten in moderation, thins the blood, making it less likely to clot, and helps lower blood pressure.
A healthy immune system will help protect you against colds and flu, and all the numerous other bugs floating around during a change of season. A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients is the best weapon you have against colds and flu. Try avoiding sugar by cutting out fizzing drinks and other concentrated sources of added sugar and including asian-style beef salad with coconut dressing, or chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, into your weekly menu.
Choose foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish and cleanse your skin and help keep your complexion clear. Fresh green veggies cleanse the body and, therefore, clear the skin too! Try our grilled aubergine with miso and sesame or beetroot, kale and feta salad, to boost skin elasticity and prevent wrinkles.