No matter how healthy something is, I have to love the taste for it to feature in my  diet. And this is a point I’d like to flag – if you don’t like it, ditch it. Find an alternative. Just because you’ve heard that spirulina is good for you (which it is) doesn’t mean you have to force-feed yourself if you don’t like it.

The point? Enjoy everything that you put into your body. It’s not necessary to create an emotional attachment to it, but the more you love something the easier it is to include it into your diet and lifestyle regularly.

Here are a few of the many things that I just can’t live without. I previously posted about my top 9 health ‘supplements’ and I still love each and every one of them. But these ones I use  daily.

1) Cinnamon – It’s a little ridiculous how often I use cinnamon.

  • I boil cinnamon bark (not quills) and drink the tea
  • I add cinnamon to my chai, hot chocolate, smoothies and breakfast cereals
  • I cook up curries with  cinnamon quills

What are the benefits?

  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Eases menstrual cramps

2) Lavender – A scent I never thought I’d love, but perhaps It’s true that your senses change and refine as you age.

  • I now enjoy Lavender tea daily
  • I bake desserts with dried lavender – so yummy!
  • I also sprinkle lavender drops on my bed each time I change the sheets (I have a friend to thank for this idea), burn Lavender oil to keep my anxiety and stress levels at bay and use it as ear oil

What are the benefits?

  • Helps with insomnia and anxiety
  • Reduces headaches
  • Settles an upset stomach

3) Chia seeds – It was easy to commit to a regular dose of chia seeds into my diet. Tasteless, versatile and simple.

  • I chuck them into or onto almost every dish.
  • I sprout my chia seeds as well
  • I make chia seed puddings
  • I add them into smoothies

What are the benefits?

  • Rich source of protein
  • Contains Omega 6+9
  • High anxtioxidant levels
  • High in calcium

4) Silverbeet and Kale – At The Wellness Project HQ we eat greens daily, particularly these two. To me, a meal doesn’t seem complete without them included or added on the side someway.

  • Greens often form the basis of a salad or ‘hash’ meal
  • I add greens to smoothies
  • I make coconut Kale chips as a snack
  • A fresh side salad of silverbeet and lemon juice goes with every meal
  • Use the leaves like betel leaves for a quirky, asian inspired entree

What are the benefits?

  • High in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc
  • High in Fibre and chlorophyll
  • Contains Vitamins A, C, E K

5) Eggs – nature’s original superfood. A perfect combination of fat and protein – eggs makes me feel nourished and sustained.

  • Poached, fried or scrambled for breakfast
  • Tossed through a salad
  • Roasted veggies with boiled egg
  • Fresh, raw egg cracked  into a smoothie
  • Scrambled through quinoa
  • Mini-muffin sized frittatas
  • Healthy banana breads

What are the benefits:

  • Perfect balance of protein and fat
  • Keeps you fuller for longer
  • Packed with energy
  • prevents heart attacks and heart disease (according to Harvard Public School!)
  • Improves cholesterol (contrary to proper, mis-guided beliefs!)

6) Coconut oil – the best fat there is. And yes, it is a saturated fat… not, it doesn’t make you fat!

  • I cook and bake with this
  • Make granola with it
  • Drizzled on salads or the base for a dressing
  • Add to smoothies, hot tea and eat by the spoonful

What are the benefits?

  • Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Promotes weight loss and improves digestion

7) Nuts – Yep, any and all. I buy up at least 1 kg of nuts every couple of weeks. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews. YUM. Of course they are activated – read here if you don’t know what that is – before I eat them.

  • I make crunchy nutty granola
  • I use to make raw cakes, cacao balls and date squares
  • I chuck into smoothies for extra protein
  • I add to salads or use a crust for baked fish or lamb
  • I always carry a small container in my handbag so I have something curb my hunger if I don’t have time to eat before I teach/coach

What are the benefits?

  • A fantastic source of heart friendly omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid
  • Lots of fibre to help with bowel function
  • Great source of Vitamin E which aids healthy skin, immune function and free-radical fighting

These are but a few of the things that feature in my life regularly, but they are some of the top-dogs.

Hope this helps you on your own wellness journey.

Saha to you,

Claire x


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