Are your good intentions for sticking to your New Year resolutions a distant memory? It’s Health Awareness Month, so there’s no better time than right now to re-focus on being the healthiest you that you can be.
Not sure where to start? Instead of focusing on everything you need to cut out, start by choosing healthier, nutrient-dense foods.
For healthier bones
Milk and yoghurt are good sources of protein – and they’re also good sources of vitamin D, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin B12. Calcium is vital for developing and maintaining strong bones, so it’s beneficial to include some in our diet every day. KAUAI’s new Breakfast Bowl with yoghurt, honey, chia seeds, toasted almonds, and tropical flavours of fresh pineapple, banana and strawberry, is a great way to start the day with a calcium boost.
For healthier muscles
Protein is the building block for muscle, aids satiety and can be found in eggs, red meat, fish, poultry, dairy and legumes. Eggs are complete proteins and also contain B vitamins, iron and folate, so nutrient wise they rank pretty high. The new Full Island Breakfast with scrambled eggs, button mushrooms, free range beef sausage, Rosa tomatoes and Low GI toast is packed full of protein and flavour. If you’re not up for a big meal, try the Amino Recovery Drink made with free-form amino acids, pineapple and crushed ice for a refreshing protein option.
For a healthier digestive system
Fibre plays a very important part in keeping your digestive system working optimally. Try to include sources of insoluble as well as soluble fibre in your diet. Increasing your fibre intake doesn’t mean eating dry-as-a-bone diet foods – it can be found in foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes. If you’re going to increase your fibre intake, remember to increase your water intake too.
For a healthier heart
Consuming unsaturated fats, including omega fatty acids, has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Try replacing some of your meat during the week with fish, especially fish such as salmon or mackerel. If preparing fish seems just a little too much for you, try KAUAI’s Smoked Trout Wrap or Smoked Trout Scrambled Eggs, both made with Franschhoek smoked trout. You can even choose to have it made with a low carb wrap (only 10g carbs) if you’re watching your carb intake.
For a healthier immune system
Vitamins and minerals do a whole lot of good when it comes to keeping your immune system working the way it should. The good news is that these nutrients don’t have to come from supplements; they can be found in various food groups so following a balanced diet is the best way to ensure you’re getting a little of everything you need. Keep your iron (raisins, spinach, eggs, etc.) and vitamin C levels (berries, citrus, tomatoes, etc.) up before winter kicks in to keep you a step ahead.
Written for the Virgin Active blog and newsletter