Vitamin E

Chemical name: tocopherol RDA: 10mg Top sources: wheatgerm oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, pine nuts, sweet potato, avocado and spinach Absorption: helped by vitamin C and selenium Cautions: can affect blood clotting with high doses Role in sport: potential protective role against the damaging effects of free radicals induced by prolonged or eccentric exercise, but […]

Top seeds

Seeds are a great way to boost your fibre, protein and good fats. Here’s a lowdown on the best ones: Chia: packed with protein, calcium and omega 3 and fibre. Prevents blood sugar spikes. Sunflower: rich in the essential polyunsaturated fat omega-6 and very high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. Also high in plant […]

Avocados

I’m back on avocados again and can’t get enough of them. They make a great filling snack on their own – I put a little oil and black pepper on half then just scoop it out with a spoon – or spread on rye bread or chopped into a salad, the list can go on. […]

Almonds

Almonds are a great snack and packed with goodness. In snacking terms, almonds take a long time to digest so keep hunger at bay, great for people watching their weight. The slow digestion time is due to the high content of monounsaturated fats, a fat that is good for arterial and heart health. Almonds are […]

Nuts about nutella

I may have put a little bit of nutella in my porridge this morning, just because it’s the weekend and because hazelnuts are the official nut of Oregon! If it is hazelnuts you are after, I wouldn’t recommend delving into a tub of nutella to get them, just buy them whole. They keep better than […]