Prepare yourself for any situation with the right foods
Wednesday 08 August 2012
Whether you're trying to fit into your favourite dress or you're preparing for a big meeting at work, eating the right sort of food can make all the difference...
WHEN PREPARING FOR A SPORTS MATCH – Peanut butter, bananas and bread are good foods to eat before engaging in sport. Our advice? Stick the bananas and peanut butter into a sandwich and you're ready to go! While the bananas and bread will give you energy, the peanut butter is full of healthy fats and protein for your muscles making it a superfood!
TO FIT INTO THAT TEENY WEENY DRESS
Nobody wants to be bloated before they have to squeeze into a teeny tiny dress before a night out. Tuna and yogurt are fab options when it comes to preventing the dreaded bloat. Probiotic bio-yogurt will deal with the imbalance of bacteria in the gut that can cause bloating, while tuna digests easily. Avoid fizzy drinks, cauliflower and beans before a night out.
TO GET OVER THAT HANGOVER - It’s tempting to opt for a big, bad burger when hungover. But restrain yourself and go for a vegetable and cheese sarnie. The bread will release its energy slowly, and along with the protein in the cheese, help to stabilise your blood sugar levels. The sodium and potassium in the veg mean you won't crave salt snacks as much.
TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD - The selenium and serotonin in seeded bread helps to improve moods. Bananas contain potassium which makes them another mood-booster. And grapes also come in handy when boosting that mood!
TO PREPARE FOR A BUSY DAY AT WORK -
Sardines, nuts and seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help you to concentrate, so are a good way of aiding you at work when you get the mid-week concentration lapse. Porridge oats are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, protein and more, thus preventing you from falling tired. Keep alert at work with a bowl of porridge in the mornings!
TO PREVENT AGEING – Avocado is loaded with Vitamin E which is great for your skin. The beta-carotene and vitamin A in veg such as peppers will tackle the free radicals which cause premature ageing. Ginger is good for tackling aches and pains!
WHEN YOU’RE UNDER THE WEATHER
Think colour! Fruit like oranges and veg including beetroot is your best bet when it comes to giving the old immune system a boost. They contain antioxidants to deal with the pesky free radicals that can cause you to fall sick.
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