A lot of people ask me what I eat. So today I am writing about my favourite foods. These are foods that I have nearly every day and I could not imagine my diet without them.
I love my porridge in the morning and I don't know if I could start the day without it. However I am not talking about the processed, instant oats. I am talking about whole grain oats. I love that I make have so many different types of porridge (you can even make savoury porridge!). The best bit is that oats are great for you as well. They are a good source of fibre and protein (17g per 100g!) and also lots of vitamins and minerals. They have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and because they are a low GI food they keep me full until lunch!
I am lucky that my grandmother has her own garden, because this means every summer I get loads of fresh cucumbers. There are so many things I can do with cucumbers and lots of types of salads I use them in. They are also great to make flavoured water or even use as a face mask. They are a good source of B vitamins and a great source of water. They are also low in calories and so are a great snack for people who are watching their weight.
Avocado is my favourite fruit (avocado is a fruit!). I love to have it in salads, in my sandwiches, I use it to make guacamole. I even use it instead of butter or cooking oil sometimes. Avocado also contains lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre that your body needs. It is also a great source of monounsaturated fat (Oleic acid). This fat has been shown to have have lots of benefits such as reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and reducing inflammation (it is the same type of fat found in olive oil).
Good peanut butter with no added ingredients tastes amazing! I love to cut up an apple and have it with a tablespoon of peanut butter, this is one of my favourite snacks. It is also a good source of protein, fibre, Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. It does contain a lot of fat (so don't eat too much) but this is monounsaturated fat (a healthy fat). I also find that after my snack with peanut butter I have loads of energy and don't get any cravings.
I saved my favourite food to the end. Dark chocolate is any chocolate that has over 70% cocoa. If you have never tried it before you should as it tastes amazing. I also find one square is a great energy boost during the day (or if I need energy before exercising in the morning). Dark chocolate is good for you as well (do you need any other excuse to eat chocolate?). It is one of the best sources of antioxidants, and contains fibre, iron, magnesium and copper! However all the benefits are in the cocoa so that is why dark chocolate is better than normal milk chocolate.