There is good reason for the interesting and sometimes unusual mix of food products Hello Fresh provide in our boxes each week…other than their inclusion in our tasty recipes that is. Our head chef, Patrick, along with our team of nutritional experts, work to perfectly balance the nutritional content of each and every meal, so you are getting just the right amount of what you need.
Food contains all our bodies really need to keep running effectively, so eating the right balance is very important to health. Diets which aim to ‘cut out’ a particular food group or focus only on the calorie content of a meal do not provide the right balance and thus deprive you of essential nutrition, plus we hear they are a bit of a pain to stick to.
So before you cut certain foods out because of some suspect dieting tip, let us show you the wonderful natural benefits of some of our favourite foods:
- Oily fish (like salmon or sardines) are naturally high in omega-3, an oil that has been shown to support brain growth and maintenance. Try to eat oily fish at least twice a week.
- Apples are particularly high in polyphenols which help to get rid of cancer-causing free radicals in your body. All fruit contains polyphenols, but apples are the best source and are an easy to carry snack.
- Bananas help your body absorb calcium. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, amongst other things, so proper absorption is very important.
- Broccoli is a great source of isothiocyanates which block certain cancer-causing agents. The amount in broccoli depends greatly on the variety you use, however, all are extremely beneficial.
- Mushrooms contain a mix of chemicals which help with the removal of cholesterol and thus help lower blood pressure. They also contain ergosterol which converts to vitamin D when you sit in the sun. So for any of you going somewhere sunny this summer (obviously not the UK!) then stock up on your mushies.
- A chemical in tomatoes called lycopene has been found to reduce the chance of men developing prostate cancer. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant, which means it helps get rid of free radicals, but it seems particularly effective in preventing prostate cancer or minimising the seriousness of the cancer.
- The liver can make more enzymes (used to break down toxins) from lemon juice than from any other food source.
And one we think you will be especially pleased to hear:
- Dark chocolate contains a whole load of great nutrients (potassium, copper, magnesium and iron) as well as improving your mood by encouraging your brain to release endorphins. It also contains theobromine which helps to harden tooth enamel so, unlike most sweets, with the proper dental hygiene, dark chocolate actually helps prevent tooth decay.