I love ‘em but some people not so keen. My children love the best tasting ones (cashews / pistachios) but darned if I can get them to like Brazil nuts.
Did you know Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium going? Selenium is one of essential minerals which contributes to many MANY metabolic processes’ in your body not least thyroid health!
So top tips if you don’t like Brazil nuts. Eat them like you do a multi-vitamin. Two a day in the morning. Much better than swallowing some laboratory synthesised pills right? Or do what I did here for my kids - melt down some dark chocolate dip the Brazil nuts in and eat these as a nice snack. They go nuts for them! P.s. read the packet and make sure your Brazil nuts are from Brazil 👀
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*Rocket and raw slaw, paprika prawns, sprouted lemony humous and alfalfa sprouts.
*There’s an argument to eating more raw food in the summer. Eating raw foods is sometimes considered more healthy as cooking can deplete nutrients in our food.
*Because there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time of year it also makes sense to include more fresh and raw fruit and vegetables. It’s refreshing and when it’s hotter your body naturally craves cooler foods.
*However, cooking food also helps begin to break down the proteins which is a vital step in digestion. A very high protein food (eg meat or beans) is rarely eaten raw for a reason - humans instinctively know that cooking destroys some of the harmful bacteria’s and helps begin the vital breakdown of amino acids.
*But there are types of foods which are certainly less tasty cooked and certainly don’t NEED to be heated. For instance lettuce and cucumber. Cabbage is another one sometimes overcooked and in summertime is a vegetable I love to enjoy raw. Sprouts are a nutrient powerhouse and soaking and sprouting legumes are a wonderful way of getting rid of the anti-nutrients in beans but retaining their benefits.
*But remember eating a high raw food diet is not for everyone. For instance if you have IBS eating raw cabbage may in fact irritate your gut further and cause more symptoms. Eating lots of raw foods is not for everyone and is never something I would blanket recommend.
*Further proof that there really is no one diet to fit all. We are all individual.
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There are lots of studies into the way you give your children food impacts on what they eat. Obviously children often mimic their parents, so if you want them to eat a good diet - lead by example! 👩🌾
Another top tip is to have big serving bowls of different food types on the table allowing them to self serve - and what they chose (and how much) may surprise you! The idea is to promote self regulation, social eating skills and autonomy for the future.🙏🏻
Yesterday, as usual, I offered all three of mine some salad leaves alongside their lunch. As usual, the eldest two declined until my 6yo spotted a red lettuce leaf and thought it looked interesting, dunked it in her hummus and ate it. Then she casually ate some more (including GREEN ONES 😲) from the bowl and then quietly even helped herself to more from the fridge. And I celebrated this six year victory by climbing on a chair to take a photo to show her father.
If you build it, they will come (sorry couldn’t resist my Dad is a massive Kevin Costner fan)💪💪💪
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