Super Foods for the Bride-to-be

Super foods

Organising your wedding can be a stressful time. And chances are that you are running yourself ragged! While you take care of each detail from booking your venue, at food tasting sessions or sorting out the staging, table setting, and million other things, the likelihood is that you’re neglecting your health.

Fatigue, lack of sleep, general stress and poor diet will leave you with a number of problems such as greasy skin, spots, limp hair, puffy eyes, generally a tired look which is not what you want! If you plan ahead and incorporate good eating habits, you can avoid many of the pitfalls.

Top 10 Super Foods

We’ve put together some super foods that you can easily access which you can also include as snacks.  These foods have been proven to help sustain good health, glowing skin and healthy hair; all that’s required of a picture perfect bride. Even if you can only incorporate one of two of the foods listed, you won’t regret it.

 Here’s a list of our top 10 Super Foods and tips on how to make them a part of your daily life:

Water

You can’t get enough of this stuff!  Keep a bottle in your bag for when you on the move and have at least 8 to 10 glasses a day to flush out toxins and maintain your energy levels. It’s a good idea to drink plain water as the body absorbs it as such. If you dilute it with fruit juices, then your body thinks its food and the benefits are vastly different. Of course, if the only way you like to take water is in a diluted form then don’t stop this habit, but consider the benefits of pure water, it gives you energy, eliminates hunger pangs and cleans your body in the process. Drinking water brings many benefits to your health. Water protects and moisturises your joints; protects your vital organs; regulates your body temperature; detoxifies your body; moisturises the air in your lungs; helps your organs to absorb nutrients better; transports nutrients and oxygen into cells and helps with metabolism.

Go Nuts!

Nuts are a great super foodAlmonds and Walnuts are some of the dry fruits that are beneficial for hair and skin.  Almonds are a very good source of trace minerals that help with energy levels. They also help with weight control. Walnuts are a good source of protein and eating as little as five walnuts a day can help with your protein in-take.  Put some of these nuts into a small tin, pop it in to your bag and it’s a perfect snack to carry with you when you are on the move. You can’t go wrong.  

Fruit

Apples, Pears and Bananas are good for healthy skin, gums and teeth. Full of vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants, these fruit can be carried easily when you are on the move. Other super fruits include Blueberry’s, Pomegranate and Guavas that you can include in your breakfast. These fruits are slow to release energy ensuring you can keep going till lunchtime and are excellent for your digestive system as are bananas. Bananas are good to take before, during or after exercising for that burst of energy when needed. Bananas contain vitamin B6 for healthy skin and hair and are also known as brain food. Gordon Brown reportedly ate a banana before going into his meetings. He could easily eat up to eight bananas a day! Let’s face it, there’s not much difference between running a country and organising your wedding!

Olive oil

It’s not true that all oils are bad for you. Studies suggest that olive oil is good for your heart, lowers cholesterol levels and is rich in antioxidants. Eating it cold is best (not fried) by just adding to your green salad. Cooking with olive oil also has benefits such as a healthy heart, digestive, bone and cognitive health as well as anti-cancer properties. You can also use olive oil to massage your hair, face and body to feel the full benefit. Some health practitioners have told us that they use olive and almond oil to clean their make-up off!

Baked Beans

Yes, baked beans! Full of protein, folic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, fibre, and iron, baked beans are low in sugars and help with a healthy digestive system. This is an excellent breakfast or a quick snack on wholemeal bread when you are short on time.  Baked beans will give you healthy bones, are excellent for your glands such as your thyroid, good for your heart and lowers cholesterol. If you are worried about side effects of baked beans, try an old Indian trick by adding Hing (Asafoetida) as it acts as an anti-flatulent.

Greens

Greens are a great super foodSpinach, mustard, collard greens are packed with fibre and bone building material. For healthy teeth, naturalists and health experts state that greens and vegetables generally help rebuild enamel more so than milk and cheese. So pack them in. Don’t forget to add Broccoli to your list. Full of vitamin C which will help your immune system with naturally occurring folic acid; Broccoli helps with vision and has super anti-cancer properties. Eat greens for your lunch and dinner and eat as much as you like. You won’t put on weight with these vegetables.

According to BBC News ‘fruit and veg ‘give a healthy glow’. Even a few weeks of eating fruit and vegetables could improve your skin colour. The grown-up way of serving them cooked, or as part of an overall meal along with other foods, boosts bio-availability of these useful phytochemicals, which may contribute to overall health – as well as beauty!”

Wholegrain Seeded Bread

Wholegrain seeded bread is a great super foodWholegrain bread is great to fill you up and give you that sense of satisfaction. A good quality loaf of wholegrain seeded bread will provide you with B vitamins, zinc, iron, vitamin E and will help with weight control. The good fibres will help your digestive system and of course it’s important that you eat it in moderation. If you source out a good quality loaf of bread, you may end up paying a bit more for it but you’ll find that you will eat less compared to other breads because of the high fibre content.

Fish

Fish is an excellent source of protein, minerals and vitamins. Fish helps prevent depression and is an excellent brain food – ensuring that your head never gets tired! Oily fish is even better and includes salmon, mackerel, trout, tuna and sardines. These fish contain vitamins A, D and B as well as zinc, selenium and protein. Generally known for their omega-3 fatty acids, oily fish are brilliant for your hair and eyes as well as bones and teeth and an excellent source of benefit for your cardiovascular system. You can eat fish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Yoghurt

Super easy food on the go! Cleopatra used to eat it in abundance; she also had other uses for it massaging it in hair and other parts of her body! She also used yoghurt as a regular face pack and the legend of her beauty has stood the test time. Yoghurt contains iodine, calcium, Vitamin B5, B3 and B12, potassium, protein and zinc. The best type of yoghurt to consume is Greek yoghurt, half fat of course. You can keep a small carton in your bag or at work the added benefit being that it is good if you have a sweet tooth, helping your diet and weight loss. Yoghurt has tons of bacteria giving your intestines the added benefit of increasing your friendly bacteria!

Green Tea

Green tea is a great super foodGreen tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins helping with weight loss and boosting energy levels, mood and motivation.  Much has been researched and published on green tea and the benefits are astounding. Granted it’s an acquired taste, but the energy boost from drinking this beverage is welcomed after a day of chaos and mayhem. Other than an energy boost, green tea also helps with weight loss, combating diabetes and heart disease as well as cancer. Green tea lowers cholesterol and helps with memory. Tests have shown that green tea has helped those suffering with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This wonderful drink also helps with tooth decay, maintaining healthy teeth (cleaning them while you drink it!), building strong bones and helping with blood pressure. Green tea is also an anti-viral. Green tea helps with keeping wrinkles at bay and you can maintain your youthful looks due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You can also use it as part of your skin care regime for example, as a face pack to rejuvenate tired skin. Green tea also helps with combating depression, bringing calm to your surroundings. Any stressed bride would see the benefit of this wonder drink.

 

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