A Nutritionist On Budget

It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to live a healthy lifestyle.

As you can see, the food industry is very astute. Each time a “fresh” super food (that has already been around for centuries) is found, all it takes is a punch of pretty packaging and a fancy name tag to successfully re-invent it for the public. In addition, any time Jennifer Aniston leaves the gym in a skin-tight dress, she should be photographed unashamedly clutching it with a serene smile (full make-up flawlessly in place). Even if it’s just a few beetroots squashed into a plastic bottle dreamed up by the marketing team at some massive conglomerate, the media will soon pick up on it and herald it as the next must-have secret behind a flawless physique. Do you want to learn more? Click AustinMD Aesthetics & Wellness.

Consider the recent craze for pomegranate juice: It costs £4 for a 250ml bottle of concentrated juice. Yes, but you’d get the strangely shaped bottle that smugly proclaims, “Look at me, I’m so trendily fit!”

The reality is that this fruit has been around almost as long as mankind and has long been revered for its health benefits. It has an incredible amount of anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, and while it is a superfood, nothing about it is “new.” So why not indulge in the unfashionable practise of purchasing a whole pomegranate from a regular store and sprinkling its seeds over salad or simply consuming them as nature intended? This will cost you about £1 and has less sugar and more fibre than its celebrity-endorsed counterpart.

Let’s talk about ‘Vitamin Water,’ the critically acclaimed film… Daniel Craig does look sexy in a pair of tiny shorts dripping with water while holding a bottle of this drink in his hand – but don’t worry, it’s not because he’s sipping this over-endowed H20. It’s all well and good to add vitamins and minerals to water, but keep in mind that artificial vitamins are often less absorbable than those found in fruits and vegetables, and the actual nutrient levels in this must-have beverage are very low.

Here are our top 3 ultra-affordable super foods, which will leave you with enough money to spend on topping up your vitamin D levels while on vacation this summer!

Cabbage is one of the least expensive vegetables available. It holds well, pairs well with most flavours, and is extremely flexible! It’s also a great source of vitamin C, with a higher concentration than other fruit bowl inhabitants. So a winning summer side dish is homemade coleslaw with onions, carrots, cabbage, natural yoghurt, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar! Cabbage contains a lot of sulphur, which is good for your liver and will give you lovely, clean skin…

Lentils: It’s no surprise that the Indian population is enamoured with these tiny nutritious gems. One tin will set you back 45p and contains so much goodness that it could fill an entire book (although perhaps not a best-seller…) To begin with, it is a high-protein food that can be substituted for meat in stir fries and curries. Second, phytooestrogens are present. These plant compounds work in a similar way to oestrogen in your body. As a result, your own oestrogen is prevented from wreaking havoc on your body in the form of menstrual pain, skin breakouts, and stubborn weight gain. They will also help shield you from the daily onslaught of synthetic oestrogen pumped into your system by the contraceptive pill, inorganic animal products, and plastic-wrapped foods.

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