For your favourite pasta
Sometimes salads just don’t cut it. On the days when you need a little extra ‘oomph’ in your lunch or dinner, add bulgur wheat, not pasta. Bulgur is 100% whole wheat and is a great source of fibre, protein, iron and vitamin B6 making it especially effective at staving off cardiovascular disease.
For your sweet tooth
Don’t undo all of the goodness of porridge with a heaped spoonful of refined sugar! Instead, add a few chopped dates to your mix while cooking to naturally sweeten your oats, or even blend up your own date caramel to store and use when needed. High in fiber and magnesium, dates promote good digestive health, reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure, making them a much smarter alternative to refined sugar.
For cooking and baking
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (fatty acids) which can increase 24 hour energy expenditure by an amazing 5%, potentially leading to weight loss in the long term. Substitute your usual cooking oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil (watch your saturated fat intake) for a healthier alternative with a sweet aromatic flavour. Try substituting coconut oil in curries, stir fries and baking to reap the benefits of MCTs.
For your post-workout
Greek yoghurt is versatile, high in protein and probiotics, and can also reduce bloat due to its high potassium content. Use as a cream or fat substitute in cooking, for example in sauces, baked goods and even mayonnaise. With such a high protein content, greek yoghurt makes a great post-workout snack. Sprinkle with berries and cinnamon for a delicious muscle building protein hit.
For your sandwiches
We know what you’re thinking, aren’t we all a bit over-cado by now? Avocado certainly has become a worldwide food phenomenon, but we love finding out new ways in which to use this skin-loving fruit. Avocados are high in oleic acid, a fatty acid with proven heart benefits commonly found in olive oil. Try blending yours up to create a mayonnaise substitute in sandwiches, blended with cocoa and date caramel for a healthy chocolate mousse, or blended into houmous for a houmous-guacamole marriage made in heaven.