Can you believe its August already? It seems like only yesterday that we were sitting in our deck chair sipping Pimms and enjoying the heat of a typical British summer, now we find ourselves approaching Autumn, how disappointing.
While we wait in hope of an Indian Summer, we can at least be sure of good food. August brings with it some lovely eats, read on to discover what should be on your plate this month.
Apples – The original super food. There’s a reason for the adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Apples come packed with the good stuff. What makes apples so good we hear you ask, well it might be the levels of Vitamin C which help boost the body’s resistance to infectious agents as well as blocking the damage caused by free radicals. Or it might be the B complex vitamins, dietary fibre or the phytonutrients or even the minerals such as calcium, potassium and phosphorus. See a powerhouse of the nutritional world. Plus with multiple varieties and being inexpensive, they are an easy addition to the daily routine
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Blueberries- Another original superfood. Blueberries are tasty health bombs and absolutely should be on and in everything you make this month. Blueberries come with iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K helping the body maintain Healthy bones. The addition of potassium can help to naturally decrease blood pressure. There’s also healthy doses of fibre, folate, vitamin C and B6 – these contribute to a healthy heart and if you add in the vitamin A, blueberries act as a powerful antioxidant helping to protect the cells against free radical damage, helpful in the fight against cancer. The contents of a blueberry can help fight wrinkles, can help improve digestion and help with weight loss too. Literally popping to the shop to buy a kilo….
Cobnut- Undergoing a bit of a revival recently, the cobnut is becoming more popular and more widespread and for good reason – they have some of the good stuff in them. Cobnuts come with a whole host of healthy properties, they have oleic acid which can help to lower cholesterol, they also have levels of folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, proanthocyanins, manganese, selenium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Cobnuts are also a great source of vitamin A. That’s a wide spectrum of health benefits and more than enough reason to get out and get buying
Marrow – Not the bone variety, although that is very good for you also, but the squash variety. The Marrow can be eaten in a variety of ways; soups, stews, on its own stuffed with something. It is also used in poultices for scratches and other traditional medicines all because of the high nutrient value. Marrow has much to offer and should definitely form part of a healthy diet. With lots of fibre marrow will help look after your digestive tract. Marrow also has significant levels of carotene making it a great antioxidant helping to protect against the negative effects of free radicals. Marrow can also help maintain a healthy heart, boost energy, aid weight management and improve bone density. Plenty of reasons to stick it on your plate.
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Scallops- Yes, easy to overcook and make rubbery, but get this right and you have a luxurious, delicious feast! Not only are they opulent treat, they happen to be a bit of a nutritional badass too. With Omega 3 and vitamin B12 you get a great dose of friendly cardiovascular help, a nice balance to your cholesterol levels and a boost to red blood cell strength. Scallops are a lean protein (more than 80% protein) and they are also a great source of magnesium and potassium. They also have good levels of iron too. On top of all of this they taste great. Struggling to find a reason to not eat them!
Corn- We love corn over here at TRAINFITNESS HQ, it’s got that sweetness that is hard to resist, yet it doesn’t come with the negatives of a bag of Haribo. How you eat it is down to you, but you definitely should be eating it. The vegetable is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including B1, B5, vitamin C, manganese, folate and dietary fibre. The benefits to the body are wide, Folate can help reduce the risk of a heart attack, whilst B1 can contribute to better cognitive function. All in all, this sweet veg is fun to eat and beneficial too!
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