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6 Super Foods you can afford

Healthy organic produce has been criticised for being too expensive, but many don’t understand that production costs are significantly higher with the need for more manual labour etc. With these costs being passed onto the consumer, many of us tend to think that eating healthy has to be expensive. That’s where you’re wrong!

Trying to eat healthy on a budget can be difficult for many of us, which the constraints of family life & work taking their toll on our energy levels and purse strings. But you don’t have to spend excessive amounts of your budget to eat healthier.

In addition to a good nights sleep, your nutrition can have a drastic long term effect on how you feel throughout the day. By incorporating just one of these super six, you’re guaranteed to see a dramatic change in how you feel as an individual without having to spend more than your bargained for:

 

1. Bananas

It’s been said by many that excessive consumption of bananas can be fattening – this myth doesn’t stand strong in the face of truth. Bananas are higher in levels of immediate energy than most other fruits, but the higher calorie contents comes from the level of carbohydrates in the fruit. Relatively cheap for a bunch of them from most supermarkets, be sure to buy green & ripen at home if you want them to last.

2. Tea

Drank my many across the UK, the iconic British cuppa dons a whole host health properties that you probably didn’t know about. In addition the caffeine kick which increases alertness levels, a cup of tea also helps towards your recommend water intake of 6 pints a day. Tea is also one of the cheapest household staples, with 80 tea bags costing approximately £1.

3. Yoghurt

Often credited for the digestive benefits it can provide to the intestine, yoghurt works as a great milk substitute for those who don’t settle well with high levels of lactose. High in calcium & packed with “friendly” bacteria, yoghurt can be purchased cheaply from most supermarkets. Smaller pots make great lunch companions, and can be purchased in handy multi packs.

4. Wholegrain Seedy Bread

Available as a healthy alternative to your standard white bread, wholegrain seedy loaves containing a lot of seeds and nuts naturally have a low GI. Sandwiches made from seedy bread helps to keep your fibre levels high, assisting in the gut towards an efficient digestive process.

5. Olive Oil

Although not the cheapest cooking accompaniment, olive oil is worth the extra expense over other oils. Several studies have demonstrated that mono saturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart, helping to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase the good ones. Although high in calories, a little goes a long way – you don’t need more than a teaspoon when cooking.

6. Broccoli

A staple “green” vegetable that’s widely available at relatively cheap prices, Broccoli is packed with antioxidants  including vitamin C, as well as high levels of folic acid. Increasing your intake of folic acid has been shown to drastically reduce your chance of heart disease. Better still, just two florets of the stuff counts as a “vegetable” portion.

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Top 5 Recipe Books for Healthy Cooks

Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, but with the right resources and know how, healthy eating can be done without too much thought or bother. Providing you know the basics, combined with some easy recipes, you’re bound to be cooking up your very own health food storm in no time at all.

Here are a selection of some of the top recipe cook books that should be on nestled on your kitchen shelf. You can simply never have too many cook books – Our personal collections just keep on growing like a field of organic corn.

We hope you find this list as useful as we did.

Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia

Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia


1. Carbs & Cals by Yello Balolia – This book is directed towards individuals with diabetic dietary needs specifically type one, but still serves as a great source of healthy eating ideas. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in your diet to lose weight or keep blood sugars down, then this is certainly the book for your.

The book is packed with visual aids to help give you an idea of portion size, so that you can keep on track with your diet without the need for technical measuring devices. I love the way you can just look at a page and see what is considered a “portion” and what isn’t. Portion your food properly along with regular exercise, and your bound to see quick results.

 

 

 

 

Jamies Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver

Jamies Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver


2. Jamie’s Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver – When thinking of quick to assemble, “bish bash bosh,” great tasting food, no chef springs to mind quicker than Mr Jamie Oliver himself. This isn’t his latest cookery book available, but it’s certainly proven to be a must have book amongst the masses. Designed to reinvent the way you cook, even if you consider yourself a fairly decent whizz in the kitchen, Jamie’s Ministry of Food will have you looking at cooking in a completely different light.

Need to new way to make your texan chilli kick? Possible alternative methods to making a fish pie? Look no further than this great publication from Mr Oliver himself. I particularly like the way he reduces the amount of washing up created by each cooking experience – no body likes washing up!

 

 

 

You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer

You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer


3. You Can Be Thin by Marisa Peer – A dieting book like no other, this insightful text takes a different approach to dieting which has proven to be a massive success amongst it’s readers. This isn’t so much jam-packed with health recipes as such, but is more so aimed towards those of us who need to lose excess weight first. Many of us on diets already know what we should and shouldn’t be eating, but putting these thoughts into actions is a completely different story altogether. I for one know that eating too many doughnuts in exchange for a nice piece of ripe fruit, won’t bode too well with my figure.

This books aims to deal with the mental side of dieting as opposed to the actual physical action of replacing that cream cake with a carrot. An incredibly motivating read supported by many of it’s readers, if you plan to diet any time soon, this is certainly the book for your.

 

 

 

 

Bread - River Cottage by Daniel Stevens

Bread – River Cottage by Daniel Stevens

4. Bread – River Cottage by Daniel Stevens – Bread is a massive staple in many of our daily lives, from toast in the morning to sandwiches in the afternoon. However, because of convenience and a whole host of other reasons, a lot of us don’t even attempt to make our own bread. Bread from the River Cottage gives a great insight into the basics of bread including a closer look at the key ingredients (flour, years, salt and water) whilst including approximately 60 different bread recipes for your to try at home. I don’t think there’s anything better than the smell of fresh bread in a home, it does wonders for the mind.

Classics including pizza bases, wholemeal buns,  simple white loafs or complex seed & nut ensembles, this recipe book provides something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

Mum Knows Best - by Dave Myers & Si King

Mum Knows Best – by Dave Myers & Si King


5. Mum Knows Best – The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook by Dave Myers & Si King – Now if like ourselves, you were lucky enough to grow up on delicious Mums home cooking, you’ll know that nothing gets the nostalgia train racing quicker than a home cooked meal. There’s something incredibly satisfying about sitting down to a roast dinner with all the trimmings made to the standard only a Mum could produce. That’s where the Hairy Bikers come in. Check out the roast potatoes recipe when you get hold of this glorious book – simply wonderful!

This book addresses all the key elements, tips and tricks of the trade required to create delicious meals for you and your family. Recipes are straight forward, with most of the ingredients available to any kitchen novice. Take a step back to childhood and relive timeless moments of tasty excellence.