Our family health expert give us her tips
Don’t know about your kids but mine were ready to finish for the year. School tour, sports days, and moving to new classes I was ready too! Our middle child is starting junior infants in September, so we have his introduction to the school, his hour in the new school and his graduation from play school….yes I need a holiday.
Let us get over the summer first. Summer food...I love summer food, salads, barbeques, and general eating outdoors. The best place for the bbq I think is in the garage with the roller door open so it's very weatherproof. Kids love it! Less mess to clean up perfect!
- The main thing is not to burn the food on the BBQ- when we burn the food it creates oxidation acrylamide. This is a toxic chemical that we don't need in our bodies. My advice is to watch out for that and minimise that type of food entering our bodies. Don't let himself criminate the food the next time!
- The green salad is always on the table, this is a great way to add that extra fibre, phytonutrients, prebiotics into our bodies and help to stimulate good digestion. Lettuce, rocket, spinach, kale, chicory, endive, mustard, beets, watercress, bok choy, butter head, cos, oat leaf or lambs lettuce. Some you can cook, others are just perfect raw. The greener the better more chlorophyll, plus other nutrients like magnesium, calcium and Iron plus much more. Females really need lots magnesium, especially around that time of the month.
- Always use cold pressed olive oil on your salads, it is much better for your health. Try not to cook with olive oil, it has a low smoke point, better cooking with coconut, that would have a far higher smoke point. Good fats are our friends- essential for memory & concentration, absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, hormone function, heart health, weight loss and supports healthy skin
- Jazz up your salads by chopping up some herbs eg: basil, coriander, or mint. They give a completely new taste to your salads...Basil is great for digestion, respiratory aid it also is an anti – bacterial and anti- inflammory. Coriander is fantastic for blood sugar control, anti- inflammory, cholesterol control, and digestive aid. Mint is well known for its digestive supporting properties and a mood enhancer.
- Sweeten your salads with a small amount of seasonal fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, or pears. We are all well aware of the toxic benefits of sugar, so what better way to make your salad taste mouth watering
- Try to stay away from the wheat-laden foods, try something new like rice, buckwheat, or quinoa. Trust me your bowels will thank you for it and you won’t feel like you’re about to burst (that’s a personal reaction with wheat. But most of my clients feel the same way )