Fitness trainer Aliana Lamadrid from Croyez Studio shares how simple diet choices can help with weight loss and get you started on a healthy lifestyle.
I would like to incorporate oats into my diet but they’re rather bland. How can I make them taste better?
Right now, I keep Quaker Oats handy in my kitchen for dinners. Oats contain lots of fibre, which can make you feel full faster and stabilise cholesterol levels. I love preparing oatmeal using calcium-rich, low-fat milk. By adding in a little honey, oats can be a delicious meal in no time. You can also prepare overnight oats in mason jars with Greek yogurt and sliced fruit. Layer the ingredients – oats, yogurt and fruit – the night before for a breakfast treat in the morning.
People can’t seem to agree on whether eggs are good or bad for you. In a day, how many is too many?
Eggs can be prepared in many ways to provide a tasty source of protein that is low in calories. Whether scrambled, poached or made into an omelette, two or three eggs a day is fine for most people (check with your doctor). Fuel your muscles after an intense Power Plate workout with the protein from eggs.
What is the best way to eat tomatoes? Should I cook them or have them raw?
I prefer to eat them raw, as cooking may destroy the tomato’s essential vitamins and minerals. Simply slice up some fresh tomatoes and toss them into a salad or sandwich. If you’re feeling fancy or simply want a refreshing treat, a traditional Spanish gazpacho only requires tomatoes, old bread, cucumbers, onions, peppers, garlic, olive oil and vinegar – most of which you may already have in your kitchen. You can find plenty of interesting and delicious recipes online that require zero cooking.
White, milk, dark – so many types of chocolate! What’s the best kind?
The darker, the better! Dark chocolate contains plenty of flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Dark chocolate also contains healthy fats and can fight sugar spikes. If you’re feeling peckish at work, keep some in your drawer to nibble on or fashion an impromptu mocha by mixing some into a mug of hot coffee. But remember, moderation is key.
From The Finder, March 2016.
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