Food for Health

  • My Dear Thinette,

Thinette

Our bodies are fascinating in the way it operates. It is self-sufficient in many ways but often requires natural food from nature to provide the necessary substances needed. Food for health is essential to provide balance and make healthy choices.

How Can I Help You

Let us discuss and get a clearer picture of the basic products we consume from when we start our day. The first thing is water and then coffee or tea.

 

Water

In many places the water is not pure enough for human consumption, therefore there is a need for bottled water. Where I stay we are still lucky enough to use tap water. Water is an essential beverage, it keeps you in good health and hydrated. Drinking at least 2 lt. a day is very good.

 

Coffee

There are three kinds of coffee

~ Plain chicory is a root with no caffeine Food for Health Chicory, Chicory Roots, Vegetables, Root, Food, Healthy

~ Coffee mixed with chicory for a more economical beverage

~ Pure coffee beans, the distinctive taste and aroma of caffeine

Tea

~ Green tea is the most popular. The leave stays green because of the drying process. The leaves are picked, dried, and heat-treated to prevent oxidation therefore all the health benefits. No caffeine.

~ Black tea or red tea is the normal commercial tea with caffeine that is mostly consumed every day. The difference is in the drying process.

~ Herbal tea is actually not made with tea leaves but is a mix of herbs, fruits, and flowers, which creates a wide range of

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delicate flavours. These tea types are caffeine free.

Sugar

~ Natural sugars come in the form of honey or fruits that can be added to sweeten a beverage or some foods. Examples are dates bananas, apples and most sweet fruits.

~ Refined sugars come in the form of white table sugar consumed every day. It is refined from the sugar cane plant but the process of bleaching is not so natural.

Brown sugar is the healthier option.

High-fructose corn syrup is a clear liquid concentrated form of sugar, widely used in food products.

~ Artificial sugars are mostly for the benefit of diabetics. There is a whole range, but the best one is Stevia (Truvia or Pure Via), a Natural Sweetener Option. It has little to no impact on blood sugar.

Milk

~ Cows milk comes in many different strengths but the most popular are, full cream, low-fat, and no-fat cream.

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~ Dry cow milk powder to be mixed with water. The artificial coffee creamer is not milk but is widely used as a substance in coffee or tea.

~ Soy milk, oats milk, coconut milk and more are available for those people who are lactose intolerant.

 

Bread

~ Popular glutenous white and brown bread or whole wheat bread from the bakery. Bread rolls, round or long, white or brown for different recipes.

~ Artisan bread made of sourdough with good health benefits. Rye bread, ciabatta, baguette and many more to choose from.

~ Bread made from different gluten-free flours for gluten-intolerant people. Flour such as oatmeal, coconut, soy, rice, and potato starch are normally found in health shops or health sections in grocery shops.

Butter or Margarine

~ Butter is the better choice. Make sure there are no additives added to the butter, only salt.

~ Margarine is normally the cheaper option but not the healthiest. All the additives can cause allergies and the taste is not as good.

 

Breakfast cereals

The most underestimated unhealthy food in the house. What makes them so unhealthy is the fact that they are already laced with high-fructose corn syrup, the worst kind. Find a substitute like oatmeal or maze porridge, eggs, toasted cheese or pancakes.

Read the labels and make the better choice.

How to read Labels

  • When sugar is mentioned in the first three ingredients it is high in sugar. Try and find something less sugary.

  • Choose Low in Saturated Fat, Added Sugars and Sodium.

  • Look at calories to your individual needs and compare.

  • Have a look at the nutrient value.

 

Following is a basic list of foods needed in the kitchen to meet all the needs for nourishing the family

  • Jam

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Cheese

  • Fresh vegetables with different nutritional; values

  • Fresh fruits take vitamins and minerals into account. Select a balanced variety.

  • Olive oils, Avocado oil, Grape seed oil or lard.

  • Eggs

  • Brown rice

  • Pasta

  • Packets of soup powder to make gravy if you are not reducing. Be careful it can be too salty.

  • Cake flour and self-raising flour.

  • Vanilla essence.

  • Baking powder and Bicarbonate of soda

  • Herbs

  • Spices

  • Mayonnaise

  • Vinegar

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Powdered soap for linen and clothes

Dry Herbs and Spices

Spices:

Food for Health Spices in little containers

  • Cumin

  • Turmeric

  • Ginger

  • Chicken spice

  • BBQ spice

  • Cinnamon

Dry Herbs:

 Cutlery Crockery Utensils and Food needed to cut cook herbs in food.

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Italian mixed

  • Cilantro

  • Garlic powder or fresh garlic

Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Containers on the shelf to accommodate the food for easy access.

  •  Bread bin

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Sugar

  • Spice rack

Now, what are you going to do with all this stuff my dear?

Remember you have Mr Google to help with recipes.

Healthy Food Sources

Your health is number one on the list, my dear. When buying food, stock up on fresh and natural foods. Avoid processed foods in tins and packets, because, the preserving chemicals in the products are harmful to your body over a long period.

A Balanced Diet is very Important

Healthy Foods

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. A selection of fresh vegetables.,

Eat as many different colours of fresh vegetables as you can, therefore, select to have the rainbow on your plate. Know the value of foods.

A list of healthy foods to choose from.

Vegetables

All green vegetables such as green beans, lettuce, spinach, Kyle, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and green peas are evidently, called ‘greens’ too.

Beetroot, eggplant

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots

Brown rice, barley, oats

Tomatoes, chilli’s

Green, red and yellow peppers

Garlic and onions, leeks, spring onions.

Asparagus and mushrooms

Potatoes

Fruits

Grapefruit

Pineapples

Avocado

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Blueberries

Apples

Peaches

Oranges

Mango

Banana

Make use of this list when you plan your menus, and as a result, you will have a well-balanced meal.

Our family have a joke about cooking and the curiosity of a little girl.

A young girl asked granny while she is busy in the kitchen, “What did you do when you were young Gran?”

Granny said, “We cooked!”

That was not the answer that the little girl expected and ask gran again, “I mean what did you do for fun?”

Gran looked at her, pulled up her shoulders and eventually said, “We baked!”

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Strawberry cream cake. baked for fun.

Happy cooking and best of all, have fun baking!

Love you lots

Gran Estelle

Be Fabulous, Feisty and Fearless

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2 Comments on “Food for Health”

  1. You showed many healthy foods that are good for our health. We are glad that we found this blog with many foods that benefit our health.
    We didn’t know about half of the foods you mentioned, our plate must look like a rainbow.

    Cheers,
    MnD

    1. Hi Doloris, eating healthy is not always easy, temptations takes the lead sometimes.
      Trying to eat a colourful variety is good … I select different groups of colourful veggies and fruit for the week and change every week to keep the balance.
      Thank you for stopping by and to take the time and read the post.
      Wishing you well.
      Estelle

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