If you’ve ever spoken with me about nutrition, you’ll hopefully know that I believe micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) are just as, if not more important than macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates & fats). I believe in nutrient dense meals as a key to healthy living and optimising performance.
As often as I can I will try to share some of the methods I use to increase the beneficial nutrient content of my meals.
First up – Scrambled Eggs! I eat eggs almost everyday for breakfast. They are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They’re also quick and easy to prepare in the morning.
My favourite way of eating scrambled eggs at the moment is by softening half a chopped onion in a pan with a small amount of coconut and some garlic. Add 3 eggs, a splash of milk, ground turmeric & black pepper. Mix continuously until it’s the consistency you like and serve with your favourite salad leaves.
A few benefits of this dish:
Turmeric: is a strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and has many other health benefits including studies reporting a positive impact against Cancer, Chronic Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s.
Black pepper: increases the absorption of curcumin (in turmeric) and can boost your metabolism.
Coconut oil: has an endless list of health benefits and I cook with it most of the time. It is a Medium Chain Triglyceride which makes fat more available for the body to use as energy.
Onions: have historically been believed to hold many medicinal properties. Briefly they contain vitamins A, B6, C & E, potassium iron & folic acid. There has been a lot of research into their role of preventing cancer (especially colon) as well as the ability to stabilise blood sugar levels.
Garlic: Like onions, has long been believed to have several medicinal properties. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of contracting a cold by up to 65%!
Green leaves: I believe alongside a high protein diet, it is ESSENTIAL to balance your body’s pH levels by consuming a high quantity of alkaline foods. Leafy greens are great for this and I’ll give more detail as to why in a future post.
Other foods you can add to the mix which also work great are:
Or serve with:
And I’m sure you can think of plenty more!