My top five food

Lisa Clark
Assistant Content Editor

Bondi-based journalist, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. The marketing and PR graduate showcases her photography and styling prowess by creating beautiful and inspiring content for The Guide, on fashion, fitness and lifestyle.

"Here are the top five foods you’ll always find in my pantry or fridge, and why they’re so good for you."

I love cooking. It’s not just cooking the actual meal that gets me excited, it’s the process of planning my meals, grocery shopping and packing my fridge full of delicious, fresh produce.

I LOVE grocery shopping. I love trying new recipes and every Sunday you will find me trolley-in-tow at the market, health food store and supermarket, ticking off my extensive shopping list. I can get lost for hours reading labels and dreaming of the delicious meals I will make for the week ahead.

Here are the top five foods you’ll always find in my pantry or fridge, and why they’re so good for you.

1: Quinoa

Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It’s super easy to incorporate into your diet and it’s a complex carbohydrate with low glycemic index (GI) which is great for weight management.

I keep it simple and add spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, chili chicken breast and a squeeze of lemon – it’s a meal of its own!

2: Acai

The acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will find. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting superfood. Not only does this little berry taste delicious, it’s full of antioxidants, and actually holds 10 times the amount of antioxidants as grapes and two times the amount of blueberries. The berries also help me with digestion and give me an energy boost if I am tired and lethargic.

Try an Acai bowl, it looks and tastes like ice cream but in-fact, it’s jam-packed with all of the health benefits above. Just put a few handfuls into your blender or food processer and voila, you have Acai ice cream!

3: Kale

So delicious and so good for you! Kale is highly nutritious and contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting nutrients. I add it to my veggie smoothies, incorporate it to my breakfast plates or add it as a side with dinner.

When cooking it for dinner, I would usually heat a dash of oil then sauté ginger, chilli and spring onions – combine and serve. It’s a hit EVERYTIME. Tip: If you remove the stalks, you remove all the bitterness and just get the crunchy, kale taste.

4: Avocado

Avocado is my soul food. I put it in salads, on toast and even on my face! I am avo-obsessed. Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and are jam-packed with disease fighting antioxidants. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat which is a good fat that helps lower high cholesterol.

A breakfast favourite when I’m in a hurry, I will smother avo on grainy toast and add a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper to taste. If I’m feeling adventurous I will also add some chilli flakes and goats cheese for the extra breakfast zing!

5: Tea

If someone was to break in my house and steal my tea collection I would be gutted. Take the jewels and gold, just leave me my tea! (Only joking there are no jewels or gold but you get what I mean).

I have spent quite a while researching, tasting and purchasing my collection of teas. I am a sucker for green tea, white tea and gold old English breakfast when I need a caffeine hit in the morning. In the evenings I enjoy Chamomile, and when I can feel a cold or flu coming on, my go-to is hot water with fresh ginger and lemon, and a tiny bit of Manuka honey.

I am certain my love of tea has given me a stronger immune system, flushed out any baddies that may be floating around my tummy and helped me to hit the 3 litre of water a day rule that my nutritionist has made me pinkie promise I will undertake.

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*Photography and videography by Billy Zammit