Wholefood: Food that has not undergone much processing before you prepare and consume it.
When you look at the food you are about to eat – and you can identify that it came off a plant or out of the earth, this is an indicator it probably hasn’t undergone too much processing and is vaguely still in its natural form. Therefore – it probably isn’t too bad for your health.
I have been trying to minimise my processed food intake and increase my wholefood consumption. Unfortunately – some of these foods are generally more expensive than processed foods – so it is difficult to eat only wholefoods when you are catering for a family or if you are on a low budget. It does however help the environment – as less resources are required if a food is not refined – rather, the food remains in its natural state. Your health can also be improved by eating foods that are unprocessed – as no additives (like preservatives, artificial colours and flavours) are likely to be present, and the food is probably fresher and therefore more full of nutrients. Factors such as time in transit/sitting on a shelf and refinement processes reduce the vitamins and minerals contained in food. If you consume more wholefoods – it is likely that you will improve both your nutrient and fibre intake.
Here are some wholefoods I have been enjoying recently:
Polenta (ground maize/corn) – I use this to make a porridge and add dates, banana, cinnamon and vanilla. I also use it in combination with flour, water and eggs to make sweet or savoury pancakes.
Blueberries: they are so delicious just on their own when they are in season. They are full of antioxidants – which help reduce free radicals in the body (free radicals are a factor in causing cancer).
Avocado: I love avocados. They are so versatile and are particularly good in sushi or with salad. You can also make a nice guocamole if you add chopped onion and tomato to mashed avocado.
Nuts – a handful of unsalted nuts make a healthy snack and keep you feeling full. Studies have shown eating nuts can help you maintain a healthy weight (even though they are high in fat).
There are many more wholefoods I love, but I’ll leave you with these ones for now.