Healthy food – we hear so much about what we should eat, how often we should eat it, and even how to mix these ‘super foods’ up to create DIY beauty mixes we can slather all over ourselves for soft skin, shiny hair and poreless skin. Heck, we love those DIY recipes, if you’re looking for ‘foods that help your hair grow‘, then we have the blog for you. But what are the foods all nutritionists know we should have in our fridges and cupboards at all times? We tell all…
Scrambled, poached, fried or hard-boiled – eggs are the perfect source of protein (which is essential to the building, maintenance, and repair of your body tissues, including your skin, internal organs, and muscles). Yes, there are plenty of other protein rich alternatives, but eggs are what is known in the nutrition world as ‘complete proteins’ ‘in other words, they contain all of the essential amino acids.
Go free range and get stocked up today.
We were straight on the coconut oil bandwagon when it emerged some months ago. Want to know why? Well amongst a multitude of reasons, the medium-chain triglycerides help produce quick brain fuel, while the lauric acid kills candida and yeast overgrowth. These MCTs help raise your body’s metabolism, fight off pathogens, and may even serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. There’s even research to suggest that coconut oil can increase 24-hour energy expenditure by as much as 5 percent!
Have a spoonful a day, or add a small amount to your tea, goodness overload.
DARK LEAFY GREENS
If you’re after copying a nutritionists shopping list, it’s all about stocking up on the likes of Kale and spinach. Kale is anti-inflammatory, chock full of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, fiber, and calcium. Spinach, on the other hand, is loaded with lutein, which keep your eyes sparkling, it’s a great source of omega-3s, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E.
Stock up at your local farm shop and store in the freezer to keep it fresh until you need it.
So they might not be the most exciting for foodies, but cucumbers are a godsend for our nutrient starved bodies! Apparently, cucumbers contain astringent properties that are good for your health and your skin and the enzymes cucumbers contain ‘digest’ damaged skin cells, remove dead skin cells safely, and add a fresh glow. We’re willing to give them a go!
Blueberries are true antioxidant powerhouses, and also a great source of vitamin A – take it from us (and pretty much any food or beauty lover the world around), your skin will love them. Add them to your morning porridge, or as part of a spinach salad.
Other foods that nutritionists love include fermented foods (think yoghurt), Quinoa (not just for Waitrose shoppers), Lemon, grilled chicken breast and wild salmon.
Shopping list at the ready!