Home workouts, gym sessions and sports are a great way to get healthy or maintain your wellbeing, but your diet is an essential accompaniment to ensure a healthy body and mind. Although scientists are divided about the effectiveness of superfoods, there is no doubting that they are good to have in a balanced diet to kick-start your wellness regime. Here are ten superfoods to get you on your way to a full detox.
Chick peas: Enjoy that hummus even more now! Chick peas are rich in protein, healthy fats and full of fibre, so put an extra dollop on your plate.
Walnuts: There are a plethora of antioxidants packed into walnuts. They also contain heart-friendly fats, the unsaturated type, as well as being heavy in omega 3 – great for the joints – so if you don’t like fish, here’s your alternative.
Avocados: The fats found in avocados, like in walnuts, are also the good kind. Oleic acid is found in them and is a type of monounsaturated fat. Avocados are also full of fibre and protein.
Blueberries: Packed with fibre and known for anti-ageing effects, blueberries are as healthy as they are colourful. Have them in a yoghurt to add extra flavour.
Sardines: These are rich in omega 3, which has links to a whole host of health benefits. Sardines are also full of protein, calcium, iron and potassium.
Broccoli: As well as being one of the tastiest vegetables around, broccoli is very low in fat and very high in fibre. Don’t over boil if cooking them – four minutes should be plenty.
Pears: One of the best tasting fruits around, they’re also really good for you. One pear has 15% of the daily recommendation of fibre, with the skin the healthiest part.
Grapefruit: The sour tasting fruit is a very helpful ingredient to help you lose weight, comprising mainly of water and also containing a deal of protein, as well as being proven to reduce insulin.
Almonds: Nuts, in general, are very good for you. Almonds are rich in calcium and also Vitamin E, the latter being good for the skin. It’s a must in any balanced diet.
Green tea: The tea synonymous with the Japanese population has healthy antioxidants that allow you to burn fat around the waist. So as well as being a tasty treat, it’s also extremely good for you.
Healthy food in Doha
Doha’s healthier options
It’s about time we all stopped making excuses for our eating habits. We’ve heard the ‘just this once’ excuse time and time again. So if you’re looking for the top places in town to stock up on good and even organic grub, you’ve come to the right place.
Monoprix: The French supermarket is crammed full of gluten-free, organic alternatives to the crisps and biscuits you’ve got at home. Although it’s a little more expensive, can you really put a price on your health?
West Bay (4414 6642).
Megamart: This has an impressive selection of organic foods, but you’ve probably been too absorbed with all the creature comforts from home to have noticed them. So make sure you pick up some healthier snacks during next week’s shop!
Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-11.30am, 12.30pm-11pm. Locations: The Centre, Rawdat Al Khail, Al Muntazah (4444 0018); Megamart Express, Al Rayyan (4444 0019).
Raw ME: Remember that glass of juice you had with breakfast? Was it 100 percent natural, 100 percent awesome, cold pressed and delivered straight to your door? This is the only place in Doha to offer locally sourced fresh juice and detox packages, and although not all of its products are promised to be organic, they’re definitely healthy and delicious!
Al Mazrouah Farm: We all want our vegetables to be as fresh as possible, but do you want them so fresh that they’ve literally just been plucked from the soil? It may be a little bit out of town, but it’s well worth it. With over 50 types of fresh fruit and veggies at the farmers’ market, the produce is as fresh as it gets.
Thu-Sat 7am-5pm, Al Mazourah Yard, Um Salal.