Simple Salad

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been great!

If you love salad as much as I do you’ll love this post something nice and healthy to incorporate into your meals. Salad hold so much nutrition and are really beneficial to the bodies health. From salads such as lettuce, carrot and cucumber your getting a good source of vitamin A and dietary fibre.

Ingredients

Red gem lettuce

Carrot

Cucumber

Method

  • Wash and prepare all of the salads.
  • Place into a pretty bowl and serve.

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Food for the eyes?

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog, today I wanted to briefly write about macular degeneration because vision is necessary to us all and it’s important to know whether or not there’s anything we can do to improve it!

Macular degeneration is the main cause of visual loss in older people. Deterioration of the macular area in the eye can lead to a loss of central vision and eventual blindness.

Preventative factors could be supplements such as:
Omega 3 fatty acids
Folate
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Beta-carotene
Zinc
Lutein
Zeaxanthin

Based on the supplements, it may be useful to consume a bit more wild salmon, sardines, spinach, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, red grapes, peppers, corn mangos and melon. These foods should be consumed as part of your 5+ portions of fruits and vegetables each day making sure you eat a wide variety that are bright in colour.

There was also a published study carried out in the US where researchers found that people who had the highest intake of lutein and zeaxanthin in their diets were less likely to develop age related macular degeneration. These nutrients are found in green leafy vegetables and eggs.

Do you think a macular rich diet would improve a person’s vision?

*Information is from NHS website and Understanding Nutrition.

Chocolate 🍫 

Hello again, hope you are all well 😊

Firstly, cocoa is not the same as cacao, cacao is the bean which comes from the Theobrona tree.

When we think of chocolate we think of cocoa which comes from cacao beans after they’ve been processed or roasted changing the quality and more importantly nutrient content, diminishing some health benefits. 

Flavanols (contain health benefits) are found in chocolate and usually removed by manufactures because of the strong bitter taste, therefore processed sugars and fillers are added to ‘improve’ the taste. 

Cacao is grown in many warmer climate countries around the world including Africa, when choosing your chocolate once in a while opt for fair-trade or organic bars and support the farmers.

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