Take this list on your next supermarket shop...
They’re the experts in the healthy food field, so why not follow in the footsteps of a pro? Nutritionist Lily Soutter reveals what’s inside her fridge…
The perfect protein rich way to start the day. Full of healthy fats called phospholipids, they enhance brain function and concentration.
Lily explains: ‘My cupboard is full of herbal teas and they all have amazing individual health benefits. Chamomile tea helps me unwind after a busy day.’
The dark green colour ensures it’s high in magnesium, a mineral often depleted in times of stress. Plus, it tastes great with almost anything!
Berries; a punnet of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.
Berries have the lowest sugar content and are super high in antioxidants.
Lily recommends replacing mayo or butter with this creamy fruit. The healthy fat content can help keep skin soft and supple.
Full of essential omega 3 fats for the brain; our brain is 60 percent fat after all. Lily eats at least two portions of oily fish a week to keep concentration and memory in top condition.
A handful a day makes a great snack. Almonds balance blood sugar due to their high content of protein and healthy fats.
‘Each morning I drink a cup of hot water and lemon,’ says Lily, adding: ‘Although lemon is acidic outside the body, it has an alkaline affect within the body, making this beverage a perfect way to start the day!’
Natural yoghurt with live cultures
A great way to get your daily dose of good gut bacteria, which has an effect on digestion, immunity, weight and mood.
You come close to getting your RDA of anti-inflammatory vitamin A, K and C in just one cup!
Wonderful for digestion and detoxification; beetroot stimulates the production of bile needed for fat digestion and removal of toxins from the body. ‘I tend to add beetroot to my salads or juice with cucumber and mint,’ says Lily.
Even nutritionists indulge! Lily tells Now: ‘Every now and then I get some good quality dark chocolate. It’s rich in antioxidants called flavonols, shown to support heart health and memory.’
‘Ready meals; by cooking from scratch I’m eliminating excess salt, sugar, trans fats, chemicals, preservatives, colourings and flavourings,’ says Lily who also recommends ditching fruit juice. ‘The sugar content is through the roof and can be consumed within minutes,’ she explains.
Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and weight loss expert at lilysoutternutrition.com