Cocoa beans are a superfood – the superfood to end all superfoods in fact since they contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of all foods. Make sure you chose chocolate which is 70% cocoa solids or higher since this is where the benefit lies. You really can get your fix of chocolate whilst staying healthy.
We know that nuts are really good for us – as long as you choose plain, unsalted nuts as too much sodium is a big problem. Pistachios however are king of the nuts – they taste amazing and are packed with protein, fibre, antioxidants and potassium. I got really into these after doing a cleanse at PhuketFit in my time I spent in Thailand. I can’t stress enough though, that they must be unsalted for their to be considered a healthy choice. The monounsaturated fats in pistachios can help lower the bad cholesterol which helps to prevent against heart disease. They’re also a very good substitute protein when cleansing because, of course, you have to give up meat to detox.
Fat Free Natural Yoghurt
Dubbed as the world’s first superfood, natural yoghurt is a staple of many world cuisines – with good reason! It’s jammed full of calcium and lean protein as well as vitamin B12, magnesium and potassium. You can even buy a yoghurt maker to have at home and make super fresh yoghurt whenever you want.
Doctors will tell you to eat garlic all day long because of its brilliant benefits – but your significant other might not agree to go easy on it or take garlic oil capsules. Think of all the amazing recipes which are reliant on garlic – it can also reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent colds.
You might wonder why this is on the list since on their own they are fairly bland but they are so good for you we couldn’t leave them out! Plus – if you blitz them up with some garlic to make a gorgeous hummus they will taste awesome. In salads or curries or mix them up into falafels (avoid frying for maximum healthiness) chick peas are cheap, cheerful and oh so versatile. They are a brilliant source of protein, fibre and can help to lower cholesterol.