It’s Healthy Sunday! This Week: Beneficial Nutrition
You always wanted to live a healthier life, but you have no idea how? You snack on a package of sweets in the library and your everyday dinner is pasta? Don’t worry; the SCOPE Blog has all the useful tips that are neither excessively time-consuming nor hard to put into practice!
#1 Water is your best friend!
Of course, by now we all know that water is the best thing you can come across. But just to make this clear: Water is the most natural way to remove those toxins in your body; it reduces the risk of cancer and promotes healthy skin. Drinking a healthy amount a day (which should be something around 2.5 liters) is good for your heart and gives you the energy you need to get through the long days in the library.
#2 Ever tried green tea?
If not, now is the time to do so! Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, it is known to boost metabolism and help burn more fat. The rich amount of polyphenols may help to kill cancer cells and lower cholesterol. It is a good source of caffeine (about a third of the amount of caffeine in coffee), which you might need during exams.
#3 Ok, but what is a good snack for busy days? In general, it is always better to prepare your food at home no matter if it is a proper meal or just a snack. This way, you can always control the size of your portions as well as the ingredients used. We know that cooking can be very time-consuming, but how about next time you prepare your snacks or even your lunch the night before? And slicing up a couple of carrots, apples or whatever veggies or fruits you like doesn’t take that long. If you don’t like the pure taste, you can still have your veggies with hummus or a dip made out of yogurt and spices. Or have you ever tried apple slices with a little peanut butter? Delicious and very healthy (in controlled amounts of course)! Also, you can never make a mistake with a handful of nuts.
#4 Talking about veggies …
Eat as much as you can! Mama was right when she told you to eat up your broccoli: It benefits your immune system, prevents colds, fights heart diseases, regulates blood pressure and much more. Carrots can improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails. Greens in general are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins.
#5 Got a sweet tooth?
Well, instead of binging on the next bar of chocolate you can find, eat fruits. Not only are they delicious, but also rich of benefits. Eating strawberries can whiten your teeth naturally, bananas give you energy, cherries help calm your nervous system, grapes relax your blood vessels, kiwis increase bone mass, oranges help to maintain great skin and apples help your body to develop resistance against infections! And if you want to mix things up a bit, just throw your favorite fruits in a blender and turn them into a delicious smoothie. You can also slice up your lemon, strawberry or orange and throw them into a larger jar with water to make your own vitamin water!
Written by Didem Aksakal