Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and Blackberries. Berries are a great way to start your day. They are light and refreshing, not to mention their high water content helps to re-hydrate your body after a good nights sleep. Berries have the highest amount of antioxidants when compared to other fruits. Berries are rich in vitamin C, phytonutrients (cancer fighters), and their rich colours help elevate moods. Have them for breakfast or as an evening desert. Yum
Cherries. Cherries are not only rich in flavour; they also have potent anti-inflammatory properties, are great for gout and arthritis sufferers. Cherries are referred to as “Brain Food”, aiding in brain health and the prevention of memory loss. They also pack in high doses of beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. Cherries also contain high amounts of melatonin which can help regulate sleep patterns
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage and Turnip etc. These vegetables are on the A-list of nutrition; with cancer on the rise these foods have become essential to the daily diet. Known as some of the most potent and powerful cancer-fighting foods available, cruciferous veggies fight active cancer cells, they also help in prevention by ensuring healthy cells do not become cancerous, they can help with breast cancer, also bladder cancer.
Cod, Sole, Salmon, Sardines and Herring. Seafood contains the essential oils and fatty acids necessary for healthy hair, skin, nails, nerves and energy for summer sports. These fish are also known as oily fish and they provide an excellent source of protein. Seafood are water rich, light sources of protein that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Choose organic and fresh fish sources to protect yourself from the common high levels of mercury and chemicals found in farmed and canned fish
Garlic and Onions. Pungent and aromatic are two words to describe garlic and onions. These are wonderful foods to add to any dish and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Allium foods are known for their rich content of sulfur compounds. These are what make your eyes water when cutting an onion, they are also the active disease fighters and detoxifying agents in these foods. Onions and garlic both fend off infections and have been used as medicine for centuries. These foods help support good bacteria in the bowel, fight cancer cells, kill viruses and bacteria, lower cholesterol and add a tone of flavor to any dish you make
Basil, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Mint and Rosemary. Herbs have a way of taking ordinary meals and making them extraordinary. Herbs are so abundant in the summer they are fresh and fun to use for meals. Mint is a perfect cooling and soothing herb for the tummy wonderful paired with fruit or in tabbouleh Oregano and thyme are nice in pasta and bean dishes; they help to decrease gas and enhance digestion. Rosemary is wonderful on most meats try it with a salmon fillet. Herbs are earning a reputation for providing high levels of antioxidants to the dishes both fresh and dried. Season up your soups and salads, with healthy herbs, for a healthier meal
Sweet Bell Peppers and Hot Peppers. Peppers are a great addition to any dish, they add vibrant colour both raw and cooked. Peppers sweet and hot), deliver vitamins A, C and K as well as carotenoids. Red peppers are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene also found in cooked tomatoes. Peppers have also been shown to increase body heat, this means the metabolism burns higher and they can actually help with weight loss. Peppers have a tough skin which is a good source of fibre