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Planning a healthier New Year? Try these 5 foods

If eating better is at the top of your resolution list this year, you’re not alone; it’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions around the world and something many of us have on our minds after the indulgence of the festive period.

Eating well can be challenging, particularly when you consider the wide range of advice and diets promoted to us in the media. Sorting out your diet and eating healthier doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated – it’s as simple as choosing whole ingredients over processed and choosing foods that will nourish our bodies.

This year, forget fad diets – for a healthier 2017, start by incorporating these five foods:

Pulses 

Inexpensive, packed with protein and other nutrients, pulses are a great example of a food that can help you live healthier simply by adding them to your diet. They are easy to incorporate into dishes you already make and taste great as part of warming winter foods like chilli and lentil soup. There’s plenty of variety to choose from too: broad beans, garden peas, lentils and chickpeas are all readily available in your local supermarket.

Pulses

Pulses

Salmon and Tuna

Instead of the traditional red meat and chicken that makes up most of our contemporary diet, try incorporating fish like salmon and tuna into your diet instead. Filling, flavourful and very tasty, salmon and tuna are packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help your skin.

Avocado

Avocado

Avocado

Avocado’s explosion in popularity mean it’s now possible to find it pretty much everywhere – they are readily available in supermarkets and many restaurants and sandwich chains offer avocado as an ingredient, too. Packed with fibre and folate, eating avocado may help reduce your risk of heart disease and are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

Olive Oil

Using olive oil in your cooking and as a base for your salad dressings is a great way to ramp up your daily veg. The Mediterranean diet is often considered the best in the world, and regular intake of olive oil is part of the reason why – it’s free from saturated fats and is a great source of antioxidants called polyphenols. Look for a good quality extra virgin olive oil that’s traditionally made for an oil with the least amount of processing.

Oats

Oats

Oats

Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a cholesterol-fighting fibre that helps keep us full and full of energy. To get their best benefit, skip the instant oatmeal and look for traditional whole oats that you slow-cook instead. A bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with some seeds and blueberries is an excellent way to start the day on a healthy note, or, for an indulgent treat try making oatmeal cookies and adding raisins.

What healthy foods will you incorporate into your diet this year?

 

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moggycolls
22nd Jan 2017
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Thanks for voting!
Eat these foods already, delicious, and make lots of vegetable soups,
nannyjan
5th Jan 2017
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I have porridge every day with coconut milk as I am lactose intolerant it sets me up for the day. I also make my own soups with lots of veg
AlexanderG2
29th Dec 2016
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Dear Rachel, we, my wife and I have been eating all these foods you have just mentioned for many years. In fact we do not like cooked breakfasts, but cannot miss them when we travel.
Why do, hotel, guest house, and B&Bs assume that their guests will eat smelly cooked breakfasts that repeat on one all day.
A really nice muisli with fruit and yogurts,
Nice wholemeal bread plus homemade jams, topped with lovely cup of tea sets one up for a whole day.

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