10 Top foods to nourish your mind and body
With the dark nights now firmly set to last for the next few months, take a moment to familiarise yourself with the following foods which are packed full of goodness to give your mind and body the energy, nourishment and vitality it needs to get through the Winter.
Brazil nuts are high in healthy fats and packed full of selenium, a mineral that helps produce the active thyroid hormone.
Almond butter, one of my favourites, is fantastic on toast and a much healthier spread than the usual sort. Choose raw over roasted for more protein, vitamin E and fibre.
Fresh ginger helps to relieve muscle pain, inflammation and migraine, and lowers blood pressure. Fresh ginger has also been known to help with IBS. Add slices to warm water and drink once a day.
Coconut water is fantastic to re hydrate you. Particularly useful if you have had a little too much in the way of Christmas cheer!
Leafy greens give your body a perfect dose of vitamins and antioxidants. Try adding raw curly Kale to your salad as a vitamin packed leaf of choice.
Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than blueberries. Try sticking with organic varieties with at least 70% cocoa content.
Fennel is a mild diuretic and anti-inflammatory that helps to flush out excess water and toxins from the body. Great for when you need to slim into that party dress!
Fresh beetroot The beta-cyanin in beetroot that gives it its colour works to detox your liver.
Spelt This high protein nutty grain has a low GI and is a great source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Try adding to soups or substituting spelt for rice or pasta in salads.
Coconut yogurt is a great source of health saturated fats, which speed up the metabolism, support the immune system and boost energy levels.