If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier, the Village Fair Regents Park is the perfect place to do your regular grocery shopping.
Sure, you could invest in complicated diets, bottles of pills or treatments.
But if you let food be your medicine, with a focus on fresh, healthy and tasty meals and snacks, the power to be the healthiest version of yourself is your hands, says Food and Wellness Coach Helen Hawkes.
“Forget the drastic New Year kilojoule cut,” she says. “Diets don’t work. What we need to change is how we eat in the long-term to sustain energy and health and to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. We also need to include plenty of mood foods, such as berries, beans, fish and leafy greens, to stay happy.”
So grab your trolley and head to Village Fair Regents Park’s Troppos Fruit Market & Deli or Drakes Supermarket to load up on Nature’s perfect foods.
Start out by buying more vegetables. “They’re packed with disease and age-fighting antioxidants as well as the vitamins and minerals we need to keep our whole body running smoothly,” says Helen.
Think cooked spinach or fresh rocket and tomato with a poached egg on toast in the morning; a salad with lettuce, sprouts, rocket, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, seeds and your choice of lean protein – fish, chicken, tofu, or beef plus low-fat dressing for lunch or a sandwich stuffed with the same ingredients; and a delicious, crunch-veggie-packed stir-fry for dinner. Get creative with a Thai-style or Chinese sauce.
“Or try a lean steak with roasted sweet potato and veggies or salad for a delicious zinc, iron and vitamin-filled dinner, but limit your red meat intake to a maximum of three meals a week,” says Helen. “Another fast, easy and healthy dinner: roast chicken portions with low GI mashed sweet potato and fresh veggies or salad.”
Next, add fresh fruit – apples, pineapple, bananas, grapes, berries and more (aim for two pieces a day) – to your trolley.
“Let fruit be your dessert or treat food rather than high fat, high sugar pastries or pies. And make sure to wash all fruit if you don’t peel it,” says Helen.
Next you’ll also want to add protein – fish, chicken, beef, organic tofu, free range eggs, or lentils – to your trolley and complex grains – wholewheat breads and crackers and gluten-free options such as brown rice and on-trend grains such as quinoa and amaranth.
If you love seafood the good news is that fish boosts brain health and provides healthy oils to lubricate joints and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says Helen. “If you can, eat it three times a week. “
Tim’s Seafood has plenty of fresh fish to tempt your appetite including local, fresh caught varieties.
At Drakes you’ll find healthy oils like olive, rice bran, or macadamia; fresh nuts for protein and healthy oil – try almonds or walnuts; canned wild-caught salmon for lunches or even fishcakes and many more healthy foods.
If time is short and you’re looking for a low-fat meal, pop into Nara Sushi for lunch supplies or Mae Ploy Thai Restaurant for a healthy and delicious dinner. Best choices: stir-fries or salads.
Enjoy 2019 as a healthier, happier version of you.