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Heart-Healthy Foodie Approach

HEART-HEALTHY FOODIE APPROACH

Much like immune health, there isn’t just one singular nutrient that is the key when it comes to supporting heart health. The best approach is to combine a number of nutrients from a wholefood diet, in order to reap maximum health rewards.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts, broccoli or cauliflower, are a particularly powerful family of ingredients. They contain a plethora of phytonutrients which have been found in research to help support the health of everything, from your gut and liver to your heart.

A steady and consistent intake of multi-coloured and antioxidant-packed berries is another sure way to help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy – the more vibrant the colour, the better!

Then, when you pair these fruit and vegetable staples with a myriad additional anti-inflammatory spices, heart-healthy oils and zingy vitamin C from citrus sources, you’ve got a heart health recipe (literally!).

So, to help give you some further inspiration, reminding you just how easy it can be to transform healthy, raw ingredients into a delicious-tasting dish, I’ve shared the recipe for my Roast, Spiced Cauliflower below. This makes for a wonderful side dish all year round, and can even be tweaked each time to suit your individual tastes and what you have available in your cupboard – enjoy!

PLUS, A GENTLE REASSURANCE ON THE TOPIC OF VITAMIN D

With the pandemic still affecting our lives, most of us want to get it right when it comes to supporting our health. Some of the latest reports could have confused things by claiming that vitamin D may not be as helpful as we’d once hoped; but I’m here to assure you that is.

As we’ve always made clear, vitamin D appears to be most helpful if you are at risk of deficiency, so the best approach, for most of us, is to take a low-to-moderate dose consistently, in order to help keep our levels topped up; especially here, where our sunshine is… erm, somewhat lacking.

Therapeutic or high-strength doses should always be left to doctors and other health-care professionals to administer; and, if in any doubt, you should ask to have your levels regularly checked.

RECIPE: ROAST, SPICED CAULIFLOWER
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Ingredients
  • 1 x whole head of cauliflower
  • 1 x tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of smashed garlic
  • 1 x tsp cumin
  • 1 x tsp paprika
  • 1 x tsp turmeric
  • 1 x tsp Herbamare spicy (or similar herb-based seasoning)
  • Lemon juice squeezed from ½ lemon
Method
  1. Break or chop the cauliflower into florets and arrange in a baking dish.
  2. Smash the garlic cloves with the base of a knife and arrange evenly around the dish.
  3. Drizzle the cauliflower and garlic with the olive oil, followed by the seasoning and spices, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180⁰C for 30 minutes, tossing halfway.
TOP UP YOUR HEALTH WITH IMMUNE SUPPORT

As much as eating a varied diet is the key to good health, we may sometimes feel our immune system needs a helping hand. We can top up our nutrient intake during those high-risk times with the help of A.Vogel’s Immune Support.

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