5 FOODS NUTRITIONISTS SAY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP IN THE FRIDGE

Put your basket down. Our nutritionist says that stocking up on these 5 foods during your weekly shop will ensure you have the ingredients for a tasty and healthy meal. We all have a few fridge essentials that we never go without, but do you have these foods in your fridge right now?

Lemon:

A lemon is something that we always want in our fridge to add that important touch of flavour to our foods. It can be used as a great addition to your hot water in the morning or add it to your water bottle to add flavour to water. Lemon is often squeezed over fish and is fab to add flavour to salads, rice, quinoa and pasta dishes.

Why lemons?

  • Source of vitamin C; antioxidant, reduces free radicals in the body and enhances immunity, increase iron absorption
  • Source of magnesium which is required for enzymatic reactions in the body, maintaining blood pressure nerve and muscle function, healthy immune system, maintaining blood pressure

Avocado

Avocado can be added to a range of dishes, as a side, to make dressings/sauces or used in a smoothie. Avocado salads are one of the latest tasty trends, but it is also great with eggs and salmon. Why not try avocado with cacao powder? It is a great healthy dessert for after dinner or for that special treat.

Why avocados?

  • They provide a source of healthy fats, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), help absorption of Vitamin A
  • They contain vitamin K which is beneficial for bone health and vitamin E which is great for healthy skin
  • Source of B vitamins that are important for energy metabolism in the body
  • Source of folate which reduces risk of NTD and depression
  • Source of fibre that helps with a healthy digestive system, inflammation and chronic disease

Eggs

Mashed avocado with poached eggs and a sprinkling of seasoning, is one of our favourite breakfasts. Try and eat eggs for breakfast or incorporate them into a meal, twice a week for variation in the diet.

Why eggs?

  • Complete protein source which is beneficial for cells, enzymes and hormones in the body, helps maintain lean muscle, keeps you fuller for longer, beneficial for skin
  • Contain choline that aids fat metabolism and the breakdown of homocysteine in the body. It also aids sleep
  • Source of iron that transports oxygen in the body, important for energy generation in the body
  • Source of B vitamins which important for energy metabolism in the body
  • Source of selenium an antioxidant that reduces free radicals in the body and enhances immunity

Blueberries

Blueberries are fab fresh and frozen. They are a great addition to porridge, smoothies and even salads.

Why blueberries?

  • Great source of vitamin C; antioxidant, reduces free radicals in the body and enhances immunity, increase iron absorption
  • Contains anthocyanin’s
  • Contains vitamin K that is beneficial for bone health
  • Source of folate that reduces risk of NTD and depression
  • Source of fibre which helps with a healthy digestive system, inflammation and chronic disease

Spinach

Spinach can be added to many dishes e.g curry, stir fry, or in smoothies and soups.

Why spinach?

  • Great source of vitamin A which is beneficial for eyesight, important for bodily tissues such as skin and hair
  • Source of iron that transports oxygen in the body, important for energy generation in the body
  • Source of magnesium which is required for enzymatic reactions in the body, maintaining blood pressure, nerve and muscle function, healthy immune system, maintaining blood pressure
  • Contains some vitamin K that is beneficial for bone health
  • Contains small amount of fibre to help with a healthy digestive system, inflammation and chronic disease

Understanding your food is the key providing your body with the essentials it needs to function it’s maximum capability. Why not try Quinton with a balance diet to see the results for yourself! A healthy body is a healthy mind and soul.