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5 Autumn Super Foods

As the leaves begin to turn and fall off the trees, the autumnal season is starting to really shows it’s true colours. A change in landscape means that there’s new autumnal fare available on the grocery store shelves.

For maximum health boost, it’s important to buy whatever fruits or vegetables are in season. Ripe fruit always tastes better too! The following short-list are some of the best super foods autumn has to offer:

1. Pumpkins – They’re not just for carving you know – In fact the pumpkins is one of the most beneficial vegetables available for you this season. The pumpkin is naturally low in calories, containing high levels of fibre, vitamin A and water. Pumpkins are also packed with useful minerals such as potassium and calcium whilst being naturally low in fat. Try grilling or roasting  pumpkin for a delicious treat.

2. Autumnal Lamb –  With approximately 250 calories per 100grams of cooked meat, lamb isn’t considered one of the healthiest foods available. However, lamb is also a great source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc, which are good for strong bones and the blood. Vitamin B9 and Niacin are also known for helping against the ageing process. For a tasty roast dinner treat, roast your lamb with honey mustard parsnips and pumpkin wedges – delightful.

3. Pomegranates – This tropical fruit which is at it’s best between September through to January is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Many professional nutritionists recommend pomegranates as they contain high levels of antioxidants, whilst offering a rich source of vitamin C, B6, A and E. The juicy seeds found in the fruit, known as arils, are delicious over salads or deserts.

4. Plums – Plums are a great natural source of calcium, magnesium and potassium whilst the purple variety is also rich in iron. Plums are also packed with fibre, and although they don’t contain too much vitamin C, you’ll find a great deal of vitamin E instead – a powerful antioxidant. Not many people know this, but plums are a natural laxative, so be careful not to overdo it!

5. Cranberries – Cranberries become ripe during the autumn season so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled. As a naturally healthy, low calorie fruit, cranberries have been known to help against various diseases including heart disease and cancer. Cranberry juice is a great way of taking the fruit on board, as the berries themselves can be a little tart for eating. If you have the berries ready to use, try pairing them with apples and pears.

6 steps to a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is time and effort invested well. We don’t have to stress how important is it to protect your heart the way nature intended. It doesn’t have to be a long list of major lifestyle changes either, a simple walk after dinner or changing ice cream for an apple as pudding can have massive long term benefits.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips to keeping your heart healthy:

Small Changes = Big Results

Simple diet changes can cut your cholesterol by up to 30 per cent. A 5 minute weight-training workout can replace up to 10 years of lost or damaged muscle tissue. You don’t have to invest in endless amounts of equipment – Simply use what you have around the house. Why not try a bag filled with books as a simple weight lift.

Don’t be a couch potato

Recent studies have shown that 38% of Britons are getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week. Our bodies are built for daily activity, so it’s important to get out and about at least once a day. Why not try going for a stroll in the evening rather than sitting in front of the television. Try it for one month and feel the difference – you’ll be one more step away from & the need for coronary artery bypass surgery!

Fresh is best

Exchange any processed foods in your diet for fresh, whole foods where possible. Wholesome foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy products and even soya work to protect your heart by reducing blood fats. This lowers overall elevated blood sugar, calming inflammation and destroying rogue free radicals.

Keep track of stats

If you want to be sure that your making progress, keep track of all the important information such as your weight and waist diameter. It may seem like something you can “remember” but make note of each night before you go to bed – It takes less than 30 seconds to do.

Avoid Toxins

It may seem obvious but try to cut out anything that’s going to have negative effects on your body. This includes avoiding tobacco, trans fats and excessive sugar, as well as environmental pollutants – All these things wreak havoc with our hearts. Don’t turn your body into a hazardous waste dump!

Smile & Be Happy

Many studies support the questionable fact that being aggressive, holding grudges and impatience are traits that can be linked to having an unhealthy heart. Furthermore, socialising with friends, being quick to forgive and keeping a positive attitude have all been linked to having a healthy heart. If your not stressed, neither is your heart.

Start your quest for a happy heart today and what changes you can make.