Nutritionists are nuts about nuts, and for good reason. They provide plant-based protein, heart-healthy fats, and fibre to keep you feeling satisfied. Registered dietitian Kristie LeBeau eats nuts every day because “research has shown they have many health benefits including promoting a healthy weight and a reduction in heart disease risk factors.”
Registered dietitian Kate Chury makes it a habit to eat two Brazil nuts every day because they’re rich in selenium. “Selenium is an essential micronutrient that has antioxidant properties and is involved in thyroid health, the immune system and fertility,” Chury says. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating two Brazil nuts a day can improve selenium status, she says.
Whether it’s spinach or kale in their smoothies, big salads at lunch or roasted Brussels sprouts at dinner, greens are on nutritionists’ daily menu. They’re rich in nutrients such as folate, a B vitamin you need for healthy red blood cells, beta-carotene and lutein for healthy eyes, and vitamin K for blood clotting.
Registered dietitian and nutritionist Melissa Groves eats her greens daily. She explains, “A recent study showed that people who ate at least one serving a day of leafy greens experienced slower cognitive decline than people who didn’t, equating to being 11 years younger!”
Nutritionists love raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries because they’re all rich in fibre and vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant. A recent study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that older adults who get the equivalent of one cup of fresh blueberries every day (they took it in the form of 24 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder) did better on tests of brainpower than people who got a placebo. Talk about brain food!