Easy to digest even when you’re run ragged with the Christmas shopping ; here are five of the best nutrient-dense tips for the festive season…
Look after your liver, its busy during the party season. It detoxifies and metabolises and it may well go into overdrive this time of year. Ok, a Seasonal Smoothie wont undo that last drink you really didn’t need, but it can sure pack a large nutrient punch. And when there isn’t time for anything but your Christmas shopping, add a banana to your smoothie to help you rehydrate and recover that bit faster. Potassium helps to maintain fluid levels and helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond. It keeps the heart beating regularly and can reduce the effect of sodium on blood pressure. All pretty important to survive the Christmas!
It’s not all about pounding the high street for beautifully wrapped gifts. Well not really. Connect with friends and ideally where you can share a really good chat in KC Peaches! Sit and share an energy-giving delicious tasting Forager’s Breakfastwith a friend or family. The complete-protein and memory-boosting choline found in eggs, together with the fibre and phytonutrient rich cabbage, kale and mushroom make this a very complete with delicious crowd pleaser for friends and family alike. The sourdough bread is necessary sustenance for the abuse your legs are going to get racing around the town!
When you know the rest of day will just be hectic, get your nutrition in early! Pop some mixed nuts and fresh fruit into your bag for later but fuel up first, when your metabolism is high with some Avocado and Eggs or Low Sugar Granola packed with Nuts & Seeds. Packed full of protein, micronutrients and healthy fat this is a winning combination. Rich in monounsaturated fats, the avocado has a unique nutrition profile. Avocadoes contain lots of fibre, B-vitamins, vitamin K, E and C -simply bursting with anti-oxidants. Nuts contain a wide range of essential nutrients, fiber and protein along with antioxidants to help you feel energised. So don’t feel guilty about avos or the nuts. They contain wonderful nutrition so enjoy! Kickstart your morning with this dish and it will take you all the way to that little black dress and party time.
Skip the sugar hit when feeling sluggish physically and mentally. It only leads to further cravings and a feeling of utter dissatisfaction! Sugar is ultimately an energy robber. Do your immune system a favour and reach for a Guacamole Green salad, freshly made to order with loads of veggie fibre and protein OR grab a medium box and build your own sustainable and filling flexitarian lunch. We have plenty of veggie sources of protein such as lentils, chickpeas, butter beans, tofu , quinoa nuts and seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, sunflower – all of which add great flavour, great texture and boost the protein content of vegetarian meals.
Think Food and Mood! Turkey is a great lean meat this time of year. It’s a fabulous protein rich choice, which really makes it a satisfying lunch. And its naturally low in fat too. It also contains zinc, a mineral that keeps the immune system in tip-top shape. A 90g serving of roasted, skinless turkey breast contains just 140 calories and 1.8g fat compared with 160 calories and 5.9g fat in the same sized serving of dark meat. Turkey is one of the few foods that contains tryptophan which helps produce serotonin the happy neurotransmitter!