Healthy Body

New year, new food habits: simple ways to eat healthy this semester

If you haven’t already cracked and put the thoughts of this fresh new you safely aside until next year, congratulations. And for those of you who have given in to temptation, why not consider making positive additions to your diet that will help you look, feel and function better.

Green tea

This year, why not try introducing green tea into your diet. Not only is it an excellent alternative to regular tea or coffee. Herbal teas come in a variety of flavours and can help prevent tooth decay, help burn fat, improve brain functioning and even reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Eggs

Being possibly one of the most effective ‘super foods’, the humble egg is not just good for the brain and body but easy on the pocket as well! Eggs are cheap and just as easy to prepare in lot of different ways.  There are just over 155 calories in a boiled egg (which only takes two minutes to prepare), and they are packed with protein and lots of vitamins, including vitamin A, potassium and B vitamins like folic acid. Why not try replacing sugary packed cereals for breakfast with an oval goody and reap in the rewards including feeling fuller for far longer than you would after cereal.

Spinach

Spinach is renowned as one of the healthiest foods in the world (ask Popeye). Not only is it low in calories, it’s loaded with vitamins and flavonoids which act as antioxidants making this vegetable an amazing addition to the diet of anyone trying to detox after a heavy Christmas of booze and treats.  Spinach is protective against eye diseases, as well as a key component in keeping the brain young and agile and also an excellent source of iron which is needed for effectively good energy. Now we know that spinach isn’t the most appealing food on the market and a lot of people don’t enjoy the unique taste of it, but it can be a great addition to numerous dishes such as pastas, curries or salads or in a liquid form is delicious in a soup or smoothie.

Probiotic yogurt

Probiotic yogurt is an excellent food to include in your diet if you’re attempting to rebuild, recover and restore the condition or shape you were in prior to the festive break and all its indulgences. As well as aiding and benefitting the digestive system, probiotic yogurt helps build up the immune system – just what you need with bug season around.

Lean meat

This year, why not try eating leaner meat as opposed to fatty meat which although containing protein is also full of cholesterol and saturated fat which, if over consumed, can cause weight gain.  As well as building muscle mass lean meats such as skinless turkey and chicken and round steak can have cosmetic benefits such as improving and maintain the shine in ones hair and nails.

Give these few foods a go this year in conjunction with a balanced diet while maintaining an active exercise regime and enjoy the rewards as a new you emerges!

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