Foods that boost: Foods to survive the festive season
Autumn is definitely here and as we head towards the busy Christmas season, the challenges of maintaining healthy eating, juggling busy agendas, entertaining, can really take its toll on us even before we even contemplate tackling a Christmas planning list.
Being healthy improves efficiency. I’ve loved the topic of efficiency and productivity ever since childhood, being slightly competitive in nature (I love winning, who doesn’t, right?) I used to dare myself to accomplish tasks within a set time and loved the feeling of success. Being part of a big family caused me to keep myself entertained and with the addition of highly organised parents, I certainly learned something in the world of multi-tasking.
On this wellness productivity note, I’ve decided to list the main foods that are proven champions to staying healthy, increase energy and to ward off the lurgies, so the run up to this festive season is as fun as when it arrives.
- Salmon- this is one of my favourite foods and preparation is so easy. Fresh, smoked or hot smoked salmon tossed in a salad, served on hot rice, or scrambled in eggs makes a nourishing meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s high in Omega 3s, which are the superstars for better brain function, heart, joints and general wellbeing.
- Berries– easy to snack on. Try them dried or frozen to keep a year around supply of vitamin C to boost the immune system. How about making coconut water and berry ice cubes to zing up filtered water?
- Nuts– great for snacking. Just one Brazil nut supplies 50mg of selenium which covers most of your 55mg RDA. Brazil nuts contain a versatile concoction of B vitamins, choline, vitamin E, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and copper. Great for immunity and healing wounds.
- Water– often when we feel hungry, we are in fact just thirsty. Considering we are made up of average 60% water, it is important to keep this aspect of our bodies topped up! Water helps deliver oxygen around the body and is instrumental in allowing body cells to grow and reproduce.
- Bananas– Bananas contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin which is the happy brain neurotransmitter. Conveniently, they are perfect for quick breakfasts or can be made into delicious desserts. One of my favourite puddings is banana boiled in coconut milk and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. (Cinnamon also regulates blood sugars)
- Ginger-this may sound like a strange one, but just a few slices of ginger in hot water with a drizzle of honey can make a wonderful alternative hot beverage, that warms the insides and has a whole range of benefits, from detoxing the lymph to being anti-cancerous and an anti-inflammatory.
- Dark chocolate– for those who like a sweet fix, dark chocolate with a high content of cocoa 70%+ is great for the brain and enhances memory. That much needed boost for improved productivity.