To keep the mind in its healthy and happy state, you must maintain a healthy body too. But when activities become too demanding, it’s quite difficult to stay healthy. Usually, when one is stressed, people resort to stress eating – which contributes to severe weight gain. Stress eating won’t be so bad if only you’re munching on healthy food, right?
Healthy food doesn’t require a lot of preparation. Some don’t have to be cooked and they are readily available in your local grocery store. So the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t forget to fill your cart with these 10 things because they will give you enough energy and nutrients to combat the hecticness of the day.
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Drinking green tea, especially if steeped right, can soothe your mind and senses and burn calories faster. Its bioactive components, most famously the caffeine and L-Theanine, help improve brain activity when one undergoes a stressful situation.
Green tea also turns bad stress into eustress – a happy and good form of stress. As it contains polyphenols, it flushes out toxins from your system, thus leaving you with healthy minerals and radical-free benefits to slow down the aging process.
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Bananas, particularly cavendish bananas, bring out the brute strength of a gorilla or any creature from the primate family. As the fruit is rich in potassium, it helps keep the action potential in your brain running. Also, the amount of potassium and magnesium in the banana prevents you from getting muscle cramps.
Bananas also have loads of Vitamin B-6 that prevents swelling, reduces risks of Type II Diabetes and also induces weight loss.
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Ever wondered how body-builders maintain their shape? Well, they eat 3 eggs a day to keep their strength up. Your favorite breakfast food contains high quality protein within the yolk and the white. The energy it gives to one’s body is distributed more efficiently – which keeps people up and working.
Eggs are also rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5 among the many others that are definitely going to keep you going for the day.
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Tomatoes are known to have Lycopene and Beta-carotene. Its 2 famous bioactive compounds are known for their anti-cancer properties which help protect against cell damage. Plus, tomato is a versatile ingredient – from juicing to stewing – which is why it’s a must-have in any kitchen.
Tomatoes also have a juicy flavour which brings out the body in many salads as well as juices, and are the famous main component for a kid’s favorite: spaghetti.
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Everything tastes better with garlic – rice, sauces, homemade meals, etc. More than that, garlic contains herbal and medicinal properties which makes it one of the healthiest food in the world. Its most powerful and healthiest bioactive component is the allicin. Allicin is known to reduce swelling, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Garlic also has antiseptic properties, being able to combat certain bacteria such as E. Coli.
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As sinful as people make it sound, dark chocolate is actually good for the heart. Having ¼ an ounce of it in a day can help reduce stress and improve one’s overall mood. Dark chocolate also has flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol to help burn fat.
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Recent studies proved spinach as one of the most powerful vegetables in combating cancer. This leafy vegetable contains antioxidant properties that improve eye health while cleansing body. Spinach is best enjoyed in a variety of dishes – soup, pasta, omelette, or as an appetizer.
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Salmon won’t make you feel full and heavy upon consumption. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon improves brain function and reduces the risk of heart attack and heightened blood pressure. Its bioactive component called niacin helps improve memory and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Whether baked, grilled or steamed, salmon is perfect for a healthy, simple meal.
One lemon is good enough to fulfill your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Eating lemons also helps you lose weight as the vitamin C activates a cycle in your body that helps release ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the energy currency of your body which helps you keep going and burn more fat.
Moreover, lemons have citrus flavonoids that stop cancer cells from growing. Lemons are also a great an anti-inflammatory agent.
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As one of the vegetables with the highest amount of Vitamin K, broccoli is a must. It also carries almost double your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Having the two most essential vitamins in one vegetable, broccoli aids in building stronger and better bones. Likewise, its anti-cancer properties help fight metabolic problems in the body.
These foods are commonly found in the local grocery, and yet we often walk right by without a second glance because we simply assume that these are bland and boring. Broccoli, to appeal to all ages, is best served baked with three kinds of cheeses on top. You can put a fun spin on your healthy meals, if it’ll encourage you to pick up the habit.
But if you’re too busy to drop by at the grocery store or planning to have regular healthy meals, you might consider contacting a food supplier. Gawin can help you locate the caterer you need for your daily dose of healthy foods – all from the comfort and convenience of your home. All you need to do is download the Gawin app, submit a request and we’ll connect you with caterers near you!
written by Katherine Gohu