FOCUS Student Magazine Focus April 2013 - Page 14

14 FLAVA’ FRESH A must read guide for your Body & Mind Contrary to the landscape outside, which seems like a snapshot from the Snow Queen movie, the spring season is gradually stepping in. Those of you, dedicated to “eat like a champion” lifestyle, are definitely awaiting some of the seasonal fruits and veggies. On the other hand, if you are an advocate of “fatty treats are good for my soul”, then this time of the year is perfect for you to balance back and do something that will benefit your body too. Thousands of researches, performed by scientist and nutritionists, have tried to understand the relation between our emotional state and the foods we put into our body. What’s for sure is that cupcakes and chips do actually boost our spirit, but overeating reduces the effect and increases the need for receiving more of the fatty substance. Therefore, specialists advise – keep your diet balanced! As students at both AU HIH and TEKO, we are privileged with foods and treats that follow the canteen’s policy “less salt, less sugar, less fat”. Even so, to be healthy, we can’t count solely on the meals served in the canteens. Here are some suggestions on how to improve your diet with fresh foods from the spring season. So, what’s for breakfast? A healthy breakfast includes fruits or vegetables, low-fat protein and dairy together with some whole grains. As breakfast is the most important meal, this sort of combination will provide the nutrients you need for a kick-off start of the day! Blueberries and Strawberries are two very special seasonal fruits that not only sit well on your morning plate with their vibrant colours, but also have a very high ORAC value (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity), meaning they are the perfect anti-oxidants! After a weekend full of alcohol beverages and cigarette smoking (for most of you), a mixture of these two fruits will clean up your body immediately. Kiwi also known as the Chinese Gooseberry is the ultimate source of Vitamin C. Yes, you heard me! Kiwis contain more Vitamin C than oranges and