I have picked 5 foods from my fridge that I like and have great healthy properties. You can always make an argument for some above others but that depends upon the criteria you’re looking for. I chose these as I like the taste and they are always in my fridge.
I like to call Beetroot the king of vegetables. The brilliant red colour of the vegetable is a huge tip off to great anti-oxidant properties. It helps to prevent cancer and heart disease due to it’s hearty helping of fiber, vitamin C as well as a host of other healthy compounds.
It’s great for juicing – add 2 apples, 1/2 bag of spinach and a small lump of ginger to 1 large beetroot or 2 mediums.
Beetroot can also be boiled and sliced as a great addition to a salad or even just sliced raw into a salad (to keep as much goodness as possible).
Flax seed oil:
These little seeds cold pressed and kept in your fridge contain the right amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. Flaxseed oil is a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid. The alpha-linolenic acid and related chemicals in flaxseed oil seem to decrease inflammation. That is why flaxseed oil is thought to be useful for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory (swelling) diseases.
Generally taken as a supplement once a day but can be used in salads as an oil dressing.
Well Popeye always ate lots of spinach! And there’s a reason it’s so nutritionally dense. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrientes. This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6. It’s a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc, dietary fiber, and copper. Plus, it’s a good source of selenium, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s great steamed, eaten raw (in salads or as a base if removing carbs from meals) or juiced as part of several ingredients.
Again the bright colour is a great sign for healthy properties. The main ingredient in tomatoes lycopene (helps protect cells against oxygen damage), helps a healthy heart and preventing cancer.
Some say tomatoes are ‘one of the worlds healthiest foods’ as they also contain an excellent source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C and vitamin A as well as bone-healthy vitamin K. They are a very good source of enzyme-promoting molybdenum; heart-healthy potassium, vitamin B6, folate, and dietary fiber; blood sugar-balancing manganese.
Such a versatile fruit that provides flavour to so many dishes from all around the world. And can be used in so many ways: in salads, main meals, snacks you name it you’ll find tomatoes.
Studies show that blueberries contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. As well as antioxidants (like Anthocyanin), vitamin c, B complex, A,E, zinc, iron and lots of other fantastically healthy properties
Great to add to your morning breakfast of porridge or unsweetened muesli. And nice as a snack on their own.
What’s in your fridge? Let us tell you their benefits…