48 things you need to add to your diet.
Health, Beauty & Well-Being

48 Foods You Need To Add To Your Diet Now

Whether it is winter or summer taking care of our health and well-being is important and what we put into our bodies is part of this.

This blog post will tell you the benefits of vitamins and minerals and give you examples.

So if you are unsure what Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Pulses and Grains are best, that information is here too.

You can be creative and create your own personalised smoothies and soups or you can try some of the amazing recipe ideas that I found online.

Vitamins & Minerals

Benefits: Vitamin A Can Help To Promote & Support

  • Cell Recognition
  • Vision
  • Immune Function
  • Reproduction Function
  • Growth of all bodily tissues, skin.
  • Improves hair condition.
  • Helps with acne.
  • May help protect your bones.
  • Too little vitamin A can have an negative effect on your health but so can too much. Try to include vitamin A fresh produce into your diet and avoid supplements.

Examples

  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Papayas
  • Mangoes
  • Apricots
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Avocados
  • Pumpkin

Benefits: B Vitamins Can Help to promote and support

  • good digestion
  • healthy appetite
  • proper nerve function
  • hormones and cholesterol production
  • cardiovascular health
  • muscle tone
  • cell health
  • growth of red blood cells
  • energy levels
  • good eyesight
  • healthy brain function
  • Breastfeeding

Examples

  • Almonds
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Avocados
  • Lentils
  • Brown Rice
  • Legumes
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Garlic
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale

Benefits: Vitamin C

  • helps to protect cells and keeping them healthy.

  • Prevents Premature Greying Of Hair

  • Fights Dandruff

  • maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.

  • helping with wound healing.

  • Improves Your Mood

Examples

  • Green chili peppers
  • Yellow peppers
  • Blackcurrants
  • Blueberries
  • Thyme
  • Kiwis
  • Broccoli
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark leafy vegetables

Benefits: Vitamin D

  • Helps create vitamin E.

  • Helps iron absorption.

  • A super antioxidant

  • Supports gum and teeth health.

  • Helps maintain psychological function

  • Supports the immune system

  • Helps maintain bones and cartilage

  • Improves skin appearance.

  • Reduces tiredness and fatigue.

Examples

  • Mushrooms
  • soy milk
  • orange juice
  • Shiitake Mushrooms

  • oatmeal
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Legumes
  • spinach

  • Legumes
  • sesame seeds
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Low-Fat Yogurt

Benefits: Folic Acid

  • shown to reduce inflammatory markers.
  • Promotion of brain health.
  • Reduction of heart disease risk factors.
  • Helps towards healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • helps your body produce and maintain new cells.

Examples

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Peas
  • Okra
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Cauliflower
  • Papaya
  • Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Beetroot
  • Pinto Beans
  • Guava

Benefits: Iron

  • helps make your skin glow by activating B vitamins.
  • necessary for many important physiological functions.
  • key to supporting the immune system.
  • promotes hair growth.
  • Helps to prevent hair loss.
  • Promotes energy.

Examples

  • Dried Fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Olives
  • Kale
  • Coconut Milk
  • Quinoa

Benefits: Zinc Can Help to promote and support

  • learning and memory
  • treat the common cold
  • wound healing
  • Reduce the duration of a cold.
  • good for fertility

Examples

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes – even better with their skin
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Tofu – Firm
  • Pulses
  • Soy Yoghurt
  • Hemp Seed

Examples

  • Ginger
  • Tomatoes
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Artichoke
  • Leeks
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Blueberries
  • Lemons
  • Prunes
  • Pineapple
  • Bok Choy
  • Turmeric
  • Raspberries
  • Turmeric
  • Rosemary
  • Walnuts
  • Celery
  • Rhubarb
  • Chia Seeds

Alkaline Foods.

Here are great examples of Alkaline Fruits & Vegetables and edible flowers, I highly recommend doing some research about Alkaline Foods. and Dr Sebi. Extremely eye opening, it will more than likely change your food habits for the better of course.

Juice, Smoothie and Soup Recipes

Low on ideas? Try out these Recipes

Vegan Banana Chai Lactation Smoothie

GREAT FOR NEW MUMS

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup prepared Chai Spice tea*
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch cinnamon

Recipe by Izzah Cheema

Immune Booster Sweet Green Smoothie

Tag your Smoothie Images with #foodiecrusheats

Ingredients​

  • 1 cup of roughly chopped spinach and kale, packed tightly
  • 1 1/2cups Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mix of mango, pineapple, and kiwi chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

Acai, Pomegranate and Raspberry Smoothie

full of antioxidants

Ingredients

  • 1 cup acai juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 3 cups frozen raspberries or 1 12-ounce bag

Vitamin C Thirst Quencher Smoothie

Warning: Flavour Blast

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large red bell pepper
  • 1 extra-large ruby red grapefruit,
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup water (if needed)
  • Ice to make it cold (optional)

Sweet Pea Smoothie

A Super Glow & Boost Recipe

Ingredients

Puree 1 cup frozen petite peas, 1 banana, 1 small apple (cored), 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, and 1 cup plain yoghurt or milk throw them all into a blender.

4 Cups, 2 Servings.

Recipe By Unknown.

I wish I knew whose recipe this is, do you know? I have had this smoothie made for me a few times by a friend who swears by it for hangovers and I can confirm it works. I asked for the recipe but it was word of mouth from an friend, who got the recipe from her mother and they got it from…

Cucumber Cleansing Smoothie

Super Cool Cleansing Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Puree 1/2 seedless cucumber
  • 2 Apples
  • 4-5 Kale leaves, chopped – No stem
  • 1 Large lemon – Juice
  • 1 Cup water, plus ice to make it cold (optional)

Makes 4 cups or 2 servings.

Click Here for the full Cucumber Cleanser Smoothie Recipe

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup

What Doesn't This Soup Do?

Ingredients

  • Spinach and other dark leafy greens: they’re high in Vitamin C and antioxidants to fight infections.
  • Lemon juice: citrus fruit is high in Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system by helping to produce white blood cells to fight off infections.
  • Broccoli: rich in anti-oxidants.
  • Garlic: fights infections.
  • Ginger: fights inflammations and toxins.
  • Turmeric: an anti-inflammatory spice that’s been used medicinally for centuries.
  • Cayenne: a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Black pepper: like cayenne, it calms inflammation and promotes sweating.
  • Wasabi: relieves congestion.
  • Pumpkin seeds: high in Zinc for strengthening the immune system.
  • Coconut milk: provides Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and energy.
  • Yoghurt: has germ-fighting probiotics.

Jamaican Vegetable Soup

Get A Boost, Warm & a Kick With this SOUP.

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 Red Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Stalks celery finely chopped
  • 1 Red pepper deseeded and finely chopped
  • 200g Sweet potato cubed
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Minced ginger
  • 1tsp Minced garlic
  • 2tsp Paprika
  • 5tsp Ground allspice
  • Scotch bonnet chili chopped to your taste
  • 450ml Hot vegetable stock
  • 450ml Very finely chopped tomato
  • 4 Sprigs of thyme
  • Optional 450g Leftover coconut rice and peas warm before adding