So you’ve got a healthy diet, but are you truly getting the most from your food? Are you getting optimal nutrition?
There are many common issues with digestion which could be keeping you from optimising the nutrition within your food. We’re talking bloating, flatulence and irregular bowel motions. These could be having a detrimental effect on your energy levels, immune system, weight loss and your overall health and wellbeing.
We don’t mean to be discouraging, in fact, we love encouraging everyone to eat a healthy diet! Instead, we’d like to take this opportunity to strip back what good nutrition means and talk about four ways you can support your body in getting the most from the food you eat.
Chef Good’s four tips for optimal nutrition
You know at Chef Good, we like to make things as easy as possible for you (that’s why we do the cooking!). So, that’s why we’ve narrowed down some of the nutrition information out there into four easily digestible (pun totally intended!) chunks:
Eat whole foods
You know this one! But do you put it into practice? With a busy lifestyle jam packed with work, social engagements, hobbies and who know what else, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of picking up a ready-made meal or snack from the middle shelves of the supermarket.
It’s a habit we need to break – now! How? Stick to the outside areas of the supermarket: the fresh fruit and veg section, meat, dairy and other perishables. These are mostly going to be whole foods – not processed, packaged and packed with fillers, sugar and preservatives.
Better yet, just place an order with us! We’ll deliver whole food meals straight to your door or office. Easy.
Taste the rainbow
This is a fun one! Try to pack as many different colours onto your plate at once. Try vivid purple beetroot, bright orange carrot, lush green kale, vibrant yellow corn and juicy red tomatoes. Ensuring you have a diverse range of colours on your plate also ensures your meal is full to the brim with nutrients. It will also look delicious. Win-win.
Get plenty of fibre
Optimal digestive health is key to us absorbing the nutrition from our food – without it, our efforts to eat a healthy diet will be wasted. One of the very best ways we can ensure our digestion is firing at it’s best is to include lots of fibre in our diet. And, no, this doesn’t mean a supplement – fibre is readily available to us in whole foods like fruit and vegetables. Some of the best foods for fibre include black beans, peas, broccoli, raspberries and avocado.
Try our spiced breakfast beans with feta mint pesto or charred corn & pea fritter with jalapeno tomato salsa.
Include omega-3 fats
The benefits of omega-3 fats stretch far and wide, including helping with high cholesterol, inflammation, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and skin issues. In our Western diet, the healthy omega-3 fats are often crowded out by the not-so-good-for-us omega-6 fats, which is why we’re calling it out in our list. To make sure you are getting optimal amounts of omega-3s, include things like wild caught fish, flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts into your diet.
We can help! Chef Good has both chefs and nutritionists on the team and we make sure that we’re including lots of omega-3 fats into your meals, like in our almond & chia banana smoothie or our red miso ocean trout with Japanese fried rice.
We’ve got your back for optimal nutrition
With trained nutritionists on staff, Chef Good is all the support you need on your health journey. Let us worry about the nutrition (and the taste) while you get on with your life.