5 foods to instantly boost a healthy diet

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When it comes to a healthy diet, there are some foods that give that extra boost of vitamins and fill a whole that you may otherwise fill with junk. Here are five.

Whether you're trying to lose weight and get bikini ready, or just want to boost your diet for a healthier lifestyle, these foods will help you get there.

This isn't about being Miranda Kerr and eating horrible plants (noni juice, we're looking at you), this is just real life food you can incorporate easily into your meals.

Blueberries


Blueberries


Blueberries have been hailed as a 'superfood' for years.

As well as being ultra-rich in vitamin C, they contain an important antioxidant compound that is known to lower the blood cholesterol that contributes to heart disease and stroke.

Research has shown that blueberries can also help brain function, such as improving memory, as well as being effective in combating infection and disease.

Avocado


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Avocados are packed with vitamin E and powerful antioxidants that help fight the ageing process and protect against heart disease and types of cancer.

They are a good source of alphacarotene, which prevents eye disease, and are rich in monosaturated fats, the heart-healthy fats proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost HDL (good) cholesterol.

They are also full of fibre and a good source of potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Ideal!

Nuts


Walnuts

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Nuts are full of the essential fatty acids needed for a healthy body, heart and mind.

They are fantastic sources of vitamin E and vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B3 (niacin), vital for the nervous system.

They are also a great source of protein and minerals, especially useful for vegetarians.

Different benefits can be derived from different nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and brazils being particularly healthy choices.

Walnuts, for instance, are a particularly rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat with cardio-protective effects, while just three brazil nuts a day gives you your recommended allowance of selenium, an mineral important for the immune system.

Broccoli


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Kale may be the new big dog on campus but broccoli is the king of the greens.

It is fibre-packed and a rich source of cancer-fighting phytonutrients, especially effective against breast, liver, lung and bowel cancers.

High in vitamin C, broccoli is best steamed or stir-fried to help preserve the content of this water-soluble and easily damaged nutrient.

Broccoli is also a good supply of iron, calcium and vitamin A.

Porridge oats


Oatmeal porridge


High in energy, yet low in fat and low on the glycaemic index, porridge makes one of the best meals you can start the day with

It will keep you fuller for longer, and feed your body with the fuel it needs after its night-time fast.

Rich in fibre and complex carbohydrates, porridge takes a long time to break down in the system, so stabilising blood sugars and warding off mid-morning snack attacks and mood swings.

Just make sure you're not eating a sachet full of added sugar!

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