You bought the best avocado, filled the fridge with kale and stocked up on superfoods. But do you know how to make the most of the nutrients in your healthy food?
1. The shorter the trip to your table, the better! The biggest decrease in vitamins and minerals happens in the time between produce is picked and eaten. That's why it's better to opt for locally grown food, if not from your own garden then from a farm nearby.
2. Fridge vs. room temperature? Although it might seem like the safer choice, keeping food in the fridge is not always the better option. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions and garlic should be kept at room temperature. The same goes for all tropical fruit, including bananas.
3. Don't fear the freezer. When you know that you will not be using the food right away it is better to freeze it. Frozen fruits and vegetables retain more vitamins and minerals than the ones left outside or in the refrigerator. You will also extend the flavours and health benefits of fresh herbs if you keep them cut and frozen inside ice cubes.