When you are a busy international student, instant noodles are part of our daily diet and eating healthy does not seem like an option. However, that is not sustainable and may result in irreversible health problems. Here are 4 power foods you can incorporate into your diet that require a minimum amount of cooking!
Bananas are one of a kind, natural energy bars. Just grab a bunch at the market and snap one or two to eat on the way, you’ll get an instant energy boost!
Frozen bananas are also must-have for smoothies not only for the rich nutrition but also the thick and creamy texture after blending. Don’t panic when your bananas have dark dots all over. These ripe babies give a perfect flavour for smoothies. But mind you, don’t put the whole piece into the blender. Slice them before freezing.
If you are a chocoholic, stressful times during exams are always an excuse to indulge in sweets but too much sugar can result in mood swings as well.
Dark chocolate is a healthy substitute for this as its high proportion of cocoa greatly improves cognitive function. While shopping for dark chocolate, look for the ingredient list because many brands actually put in a lot of sugar although they claim it is dark chocolate.
Swap your sweet and savoury decadence for healthy little nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. These are excellent sources of good fats, protein and fibre.
Need something to munch on while cramming for exams? Chewing nuts does the job and you won’t need to worry about getting fat. It contains heart-healthy fats, which helps you to lose weight. There you have it: getting good grades and staying fit. It’s a win-win situation!
Can you imagine that such a green ‘tree’ has the amount of protein per calorie that can compare to meat? According to United States Department of Agriculture, 100 calories raw broccoli has 8.29 grams of protein, whereas beef has about 11 grams, which means you will get the same health benefits but with broccoli, you will not gain any weight!
Do you know the healthiest way to cook it? Definitely not stir fry or bake. Boil? Nope, it’s steaming! If you don’t have a steamer, you can create one with microwave-safe bowl and plate. Simply put broccoli bits into the bowl, add a little water, and place the plate tight on top. Microwave 3 to 4 minutes on high, or until you feel it’s right.