Low Carb: 5 foods you need in your everyday diet

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Turns out you need more than just an apple a day to keep the doctor away…

While we already know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, there’s actually a whole range of foods your body needs in order to function at its best.

We’re sorry to say it, but ticking off your 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of veg, although still fabulous for you, simply won’t cut it if you want to ensure that you’re doing the best job of fuelling your body with everything it needs to take on the world.

So to help, we’ve created a list of the top 5 foods you need to incorporate in your everyday diet, and the very important reasons why you should do so.

1. Tomatoes

These glorious red gems are absolutely chock-a-block with vitamins A, C, K and B6 and the antioxidant lycopene.

The strong antioxidant power found in this carotenoid helps to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration and lung, skin, and prostate cancers.

Snack on a handful of cherry tomatoes each day to put your best foot forward.

2. Yogurt

Of course, yogurt is a wonderful and delicious source of calcium and protein, but its true power comes from the millions of live cultures that serve as probiotics or what we call ‘good bacteria’ in gut.

This beneficial bacteria not only helps to boost your immune system, but also aids in maintaining a healthy balance that can otherwise be thrown out by sugars and alcohol.

Pop some yogurt on your cereal in the morning, or swap sour cream with Greek yogurt on your soups or baked potatoes.

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3. Garlic

These delicious little bulbs contain incredible antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties – all of which help to strengthen your immune system and fight off disease.

Experts say consuming six or more garlic cloves a week can halve your risk of stomach, prostate and colorectal cancers, compared to those who only eat one clove or less.

Stop worrying about garlic breath, and be liberal with this incredible bulb!

4. Beans

The childhood rhyme got it right when they said beans were good for the heart. Not sure about the second half though…

Never mind the rich source of antioxidants, the dietary fibre found within these little legumes soak up cholesterol, helping the body to expose of it before it sticks to the artery walls.

Add a handful of beans to your salads and soups, or blend them up with feta, lemon and garlic to make a delicious dip.

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5. Avocado

Not only are avocados super Instagram worthy, they’re also an incredible component to your healthiest body.

Avocados are higher in potassium than bananas, extraordinary for healthy vision, and just one half contains around 25% of your daily vitamin K intake, which is essential for healthy bones.

Try using avocado and a substitute for butter on your Vegemite toast, in salads or by itself because hey, it’s delicious!

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