Benefits of Acai

Pronounced ah-sah-EE, this amazing fruit is full of nutritional benefits and is delicious in smoothie bowls.

  1. Heart Health
  2. Assists in Weight Loss by Reducing Appetite
  3. Aids Digestion
  4. Promotes Healthy Skin
  5. Immune Booster
  6. Increases Energy Levels
  7. Improves your Blood Flow
  8. High in Antioxidants
  9. Good for Diabetes
  10. Improves Mental Clarity
  11. Strengthens your Height
  12. Reduces Bad Cholesterol
  13. Helps Fight Cancer
  14. Improves your Vision

Tips for Eating Healthy While Eating Out

When I first went vegan, one of the things I found the hardest was finding healthy vegan options while eating out. Here are a few tips on how to avoid the awkward situation or having nothing to eat or seeming fussy and ruining a social event.

1. Check the menu

Before going out to a restaurant for dinner, I always make sure to check the menu s you know there is something you’ll eat. Look out for the symbols on the side such as VG and V for vegetarian or vegan, GF for gluten free, DF for dairy free and OF for oil free. There is usually a key at the bottom of the menu that tells you what each symbol means.

2. Tell the restaurant about your

dietary requirements

To make sure there is food available for you to eat at a restaurant you are planning on visiting you can either contact the restaurant before visiting it or telling your waiter or waitress upon arrival at the restaurant.

3. Make your own meals

Something I like to do when we go out to dinner to get something such as pizza is to ask if I can make my own with other ingredients on the menu so you can customise a meal to suit your dietary requirements.

4. Go to healthy restaurants

Restaurants that sell organic, vegan, paleo food etc only serve healthy dishes and are the most likely places to have healthy options that you will enjoy.

How to Save Money on a Vegan Diet

For some reason, people always associate eating healthy with expensive foods. This is certainly not the case if you pick the right ingredients and don’t be fooled by the fancy health foods at the grocery store. Today I will be sharing with you some helpful tips and to save money while eating healthy on a plant based diet.

1. My staples

My staple food items include:

  • Oats
  • Rice (Whatever type I’ve been craving.)
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Seasonal fruits
  • Bananas
  • Almond milk
  • Nut butter
  • Canned beans, pulses, legumes, etc.

The majority of these foods are relatively cheap and are filling and nutrient dense. They can also be customised to create a wide range of dishes using different spices and herbs.

2. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, especially when they’re not in season. A really good tip to save money while still having your 2 and 5 is buying vegetables and fruits frozen. They also last longer so you don’t have to worry about using them up in time and studies have shown that they can be filled with more nutrients than fresh produce as they are frozen while they are in top condition.

3. You don’t need health foods

to be healthy

In the supermarket their are a large range of health foods. The truth is, the majority of these are not even that healthy, with a high price and a low nutrient level. My tip to you if you still want to try some of the healthier foods available such as cacao powder and almond butter with a higher price tag is to try one a fortnight or month based on your budget.

4. Organic doesn’t equal healthy

Organic foods are usually more expensive than regular foods while having a similar nutrient level. Just because that chocolate cake is made with organic ingredients, does it make it any healthier than a regular chocolate cake? I f you do have the budget to spend a little bit more on groceries, focus on buying organic ingredients from the dirty dozen ( http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214 ) .

5. Don’t go out to eat all the time

Although the occasional treat or dinner with your friend won’t affect your bank account, eating out all the time can actually cost you more than if you cooked at home. If you cook at home you can also control what goes into your food and are less likely to overeat.

Thanks for reading my post and remember, that although eating rice and vegetables for dinner may cost you more than a big mac, your health is worth spending a little bit more and in the long run, can actually save you money.

Benefits of Banana

One of my staples is bananas. Not only are they delicious and healthy, but they are also so versatile as it can be used as a substitute for egg in baking. Here are 15 reasons to love bananas even more.

  1. Good source of potassium
  2. Increases energy levels
  3. Improves digestion
  4. Good Source of Vitamin B6
  5. Helps fight Cancer
  6. Contains nutrients that moderate blood sugar levels
  7. Assists with weight loss
  8. Supports heart health
  9. Contains powerful antioxidants
  10. Improves kidney health
  11. Helps you sleep better
  12. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilise blood sugar
  13. Helps reduce nausea
  14. Lowers body temperature
  15. Strengthens the nervous system

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Summer

In Summer, it can be difficult to stay healthy while having late nights and going to social events involving food. To help you keep healthy, I have thought of five tips for staying healthy during the Summer.

1. Cook at home when you can

When you cook at home, you can control what goes into your food. Focus on eating healthy while at home so you can indulge a little bit more when you go out to hang out with your friends and family. You can also take leftovers from what you cook to go out; you’ll save money by not eating out and will find it easier to eat healthy. If you’re not that good of a cook or don’t have a lot of time you can make quick and easy salads while the large range of fruits and veggies are in season.

2. Take advantage of the seasonal

fruits and veggies available

During Summer, the majority of fruits and veggies are in season such as mangoes and berries. Take advantage of this and snack on a banana or some celery and carrot sticks with hummus instead of processed foods such as chips.

3. Get outside and enjoy the weather

During the Summer, the weather is really nice and is the perfect time to start exercising. Something I really enjoy is going for a run and then going for a swim in the pool or at the beach to cool down. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t do exercise just because you think you have to and think of it as a chore, but instead, find an activity you enjoy such as a team sport. You could also work out with a friend to motivate you.

4. Eat a filling breakfast

Eat a breakfast that is high enough in calories and has the right amounts of each macronutrient based on your personal dietary needs (You can find calculators online if you are unsure to guide, but focus more on eating intuitively and find out what works for you and your body.). Also make sure your breakfast is filled with a good source of fibre and enough protein to keep you full until lunch time. By eating a filling breakfast, you won’t have to worry about getting something to eat when you’re out in the morning.

5. Keep hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty of water during the Summer as you lose a lot more fluids due to sweat etc. Drinking enough water has an abundance of benefits for your body including glowing skin and flushing out toxins from your body.