Weight-loss diets focusing on and restricting basic nutrients; carbohydrates, proteins and fats, come and go. We've had the high protein, low fat, high fat, and low carbohydrate diets.
We're all for Banting for weight-loss, but how about a high-vitamin and mineral diet paired with common sense for probable weight loss and glowing health?
The science part:
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that happens inside and outside your body all the time. Oxidation produces free radicals, which are molecules that are missing an electron. Free radicals try to steal electrons from anywhere they can, and can start chain reactions which can cause damage to cells. This damage translates to aging and even disease.
Antioxidants to the rescue! Antioxidants stop these chain reactions by being oxidised and losing electrons themselves. This is why you need to continually replenish your body with antioxidants.
Antioxidants are found in vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which are plentiful in fresh, colourful, healthy food.
Top 15 antioxidant-rich recipes:
Berry and banana smoothie
Indian sprout salad
Warm mushroom bean and almond salad
Superfood salad with honeyed pumpkin seeds
Beetroot, apple and ginger juice
Crunchy green salad
Prawn, mango, avocado and asparagus salad
Avocado salsa salad
Fig and strawberry salad
Strawberry, apple and gorgonzola salad
Raw summer salad
Pomegranate, beetroot and avo salad
We can't think of a better time than spring to start loading up on antioxidant-rich salads and smoothies.
What is your favourite antioxidant-rich combination?