Looking after our health and wellbeing can at times feel like a real chore. Drinking (lots) more water, eating more greens, cutting back on all those tempting sweets – being healthy doesn’t always sound much fun. Of course things are never this black and white. There are ways to stay healthy without compromising on taste, treats and good food. I mean, not everybody who eats healthily is permanently miserable and there must be a good reason for it, right?
When looking at breakfast, many of us cannot imagine it without toast. Toast with bacon and eggs, toast with butter and jam, toast with toast on top. What better way could there be then than to start some healthy habits by incorporating them with our favourite breakfast staple? Yes, there is a way to get some real health benefits without having to sacrifice all the fun and here are six recipes for you.
NOTE: I am not a medical professional and these tips are not intended to be cures or replace a visit to a GP if you have health concerns.
Both, avocados and fish, contain vitamin B6 and magnesium which are particularly important for women who often suffer from magnesium deficiencies which can lead to mood swings. Avocados are also high in protein as well as fiber and are great if you’re looking to build lean muscles.
Mix 1tsp of tahini with 1/2tsp honey and spread on the toast. Cut the apple in slices leaving the skin intact and layer on top. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.
Apple skins contain quercetin which is an antioxidant that protects your respiratory system. Sesame seeds (which is what tahini is made from) has many health benefits from boosting respiratory health to reducing inflammation and eliminating chronic stress. Cinnamon is packed with anti-oxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Tryptophan is an amino acid found in dairy which reduces anxiety by boosting serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone. Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, A and E, as well as being full of fiber. They are said to improve blood pressure and help to safeguard against cardiovascular diseases. Parsley is said to be beneficial in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.
Bananas contain potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure and heart health. They’re also great because they’re a healthy way of keeping you feeling full for longer. Almonds are great for your skin and are said to be good for brain development due to the amount of riboflavin and L-carnitine they contain. Honey is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Eggs are packed full of protein with the whites containing vitamin D, B6, B12 and various minerals. They promote heart health and help to prevent osteoporosis and rickets. Spinach contains potassium, folate and other antioxidants which promote brain health. It is also beneficial against high blood pressure due to its high content of potassium and low content of sodium. Chili flakes are said to boost the metabolism and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Pears are full of dietary fiber, which is important for a healthy digestion. Around half of it is in the skin, so it’s advisable to eat the fruit with the skin on. They also contain flavonoids that can have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity. Dates are said to help with iron-deficiency anemia as well as helping to reduce blood pressure. Walnuts are full of omega-3 fats and are said to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.