How To Consume More Antioxidants

Have you heard of antioxidants? If you know about nutrition, you would have most likely come across this term. It is a well-known fact that the antioxidants in food can help prevent cancer, reverse or slow aging, enhance your immune system, increase your energy and improve heart and other organ health.

The main sources of antioxidants, as we know it, would be fruits and vegetables. That is why experts recommend five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Here in Australia, they even brought it to the limit with the two fruits and five veggies campaign that has been running since like forever. This article gives you a few suggestions on how to get more antioxidants into your diet.

One: Saladify!

This might make some people roll their eyes, but pay attention! Adding salad, as long as they are predominantly vegetable-based, would add a bucket-load of antioxidants into your diet. And no, salad doesn’t have to be boring. You may add some red pepper slices to your green salad, some tomatoes to the Greek salad, or tart cranberries to your field greens.

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Two: Fruitify Breakfast!

Ok, I’ll stop with this now. Truth be told though, people often overlook this point. We don’t tend to get creative with our breakfasts. But if we pay attention, strawberries, juices and yoghurts will add a lot of antioxidants. Having cereal? Just whack some berries into it and you’re all sorted.

Three: Apply It To Snacks Too

Hands up, who’s guilty of eating unhealthy snacks? In the interest of being honest, mine will shoot up. However, this is one area you can potentially load up on antioxidants without too much hassle. Instead of chips, how about a handful of raisins for a snack, or some fresh red grapes? Want to crunch on something? How about some baby carrots dipped in hummus? Perhaps even consider a handful of pecans for crunch and a nice antioxidant boost.

Four: Drink It

If you are a regular soft drink drinker, this is an area which you can modify without too much effort. Just swap it with tea or coffee, both of which boast antioxidant compounds. Have a glass of wine with dinner, ideally red wine, or for a real change of pace, pour a glass of chai tea.

Five: Grow Your Own Veggies

We’re entering awareness territory here. If you have the interest in maintaining a garden, why not grow some of your own vegetables? I can’t do it myself because I don’t have access to a yard, but maybe you do. Experts believe that people who grow vegetables from their own yards are more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits than people who buy their produce from the shop.

Six: Don’t overcook it

It is great that you are preparing vegetable dishes for your family. However, there is one thing we should always keep in mind – that overcooking can actually lower the amount of antioxidants in your meal. As such, we recommend that you regulate the heat and not overcook your stir-fries.

There we go – six tips for increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet. Of course, if you are already eating a balanced diet, this might not even be an issue for you. But what if you’re not there yet? Well, it’s never too late to start being educated about it. And of course the resource that we recommend the most is the Strategic Nutrition Guide. Grab a copy today!



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