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Tips on foods to keep you young
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:56:12 PM »
you can still stay looking young by adding a few choice elements to your plate. Could the secret of eternal youth really lie in a plate of green leaves? Mother Nature seems to think so. Oats




Porridge and berries(Rex)

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Wholegrains and oats help prevent osteoporosis which can lead to you walking with a stoop as you get older. They also lower cholesterol and are good for your guts. Many recent studies have linked oats to a slowing down of the ageing process.
 Porridge is a great way to kick-start your day, but not particularly exciting. Instead, next time you are using breadcrumbs to coat fishcakes, fish, pork or chicken for frying mix some oats into the crumb mixture and serve with a lemon for squeezing over.

What else to do with oats
Raspberries
Raspberries amongst other berries such as blackcurrants, cranberries and blueberries all help keep your skin supple and smooth by aiding in the production of collagen - a protein your skin requires for its health.
 The dark berries also help reduce sunburn which ages your skin and protect it against UV damage. Raspberries are a brilliant replacement for strawberries in traditional Eton Mess, lending a fruity tang to what can be an overly rich pudding.

Healthy recipes that use berries
Tomatoes




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Love apples - aka tomatoes - are a rich source of lycopene which actually becomes more active through the cooking process and is better absorbed when in paste form - ie ketchup. Strange, but true.
 Lycopene keeps your arteries young, so although it might not show on the outside, you'll be physically in better shape for the occasional splodge.
 Try a warming roasted tomato soup - roast halved tomatoes with a little sliver of garlic on each, some olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh thyme until soft. Blitz, season and serve.

More great tomato soup recipes
Mackerel
These omega-3 rich fish are a must to add to your diet. Cheap, versatile and sustainable, they are a great source of this essential fatty acid which helps reduce skin dryness and improves elasticity which can fend off the onset of wrinkles.
 Studies also show that omega-3 can protect skin from sun damage and skin cancer.
 Try mixing flaked smoked mackerel with quinoa, avocado, celery, pumpkin seeds and lemon juice and olive oil for an omega-3 rich dinner.

Ways to cook a great grilled mackerel
Avocado




Avocado(Rex)

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Known as the fruit of the testicle tree by the Aztecs, these would-be pears are high in fat - but the mono-unsaturated healthy variety which makes your skin appear fuller and younger. It also breaks down bad fats and lowers bad cholesterol.
 A rich quotient of potassium means avocados detoxify the body helping you get a spot-free skin. They are also high in two vitamins essential for anti-ageing - E and C.
 Make a classic guacamole in a flash - mash ripe avocados with chilli, coriander, lime juice, diced red onion and tomato - perfect for dunking while you watch the match.

How to make a tasty avocado salad
Sprouting broccoli
A member of the all-powerful brassica family along with kale, cauliflower and a host of other vegetables including the unlikely horseradish, broccoli is high in anti-oxidants as well as betacarotene that helps in the ongoing battle against cancer.
 A rich source of fibre means that broccoli is great for keeping you young on the inside as well as out, cleansing your bowels. Broccoli is also rich in folate which helps create new cells in the body.
 Make a simple side dish as a great accompaniment to lamb or beef - steam broccoli until nearly cooked then stir fry quickly in hot oil with garlic and chilli. A squeeze of lemon juice and you're good to go.

Other ways to use sprouting broccoli


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