Dina Savitz

My Top 10 Favourite Foods (healthy and not so…)

To celebrate the launch of my new recipe section on my blog (stay tuned, it’s coming next week),

I’m sharing the 10 foods I’d rather not live without.

It’s more than likely that my recipes will contain at least one food from this list, so consider this list a sneak peek of what’s to come…

1. Coffee

This first one might surprise you. I am a naturopath who drinks coffee. I like it black, with no milk or sugar. Nothing can top the smell of freshly ground coffee…well maybe freshly brewed coffee can – either way, greet me with a long black and I’ll listen intently to everything you have to say.

2. Coconut

In any form! I remember as a kid I was told not to eat too much coconut as it was “fattening” (more on this word in a future blog post…), and then through my studies I discovered the lies about coconut that were fabricated by another oil industry (!!!!!!!!) and the health benefits of coconut – this was big news for me, as I love all things coconuty. I am especially a big fan of shredded coconut – but I try to make sure it is organic and dried preservative free.

3. Avocado

I tend to eat half an avocado every day. I love how versatile it is and how I can use it as a delicious and healthy alternative to mayonnaise (mashed into tuna or salmon) or to make a smoothie nice and creamy.

4. Fish

Offer me any type of cold water fish and I will likely say yes – salmon, herring, hake, tuna are some of my favourites (I am not a pescatarian, I do eat a fair bit of meat, but offer me fish any day and I will gladly eat it over meat)

5. Rocket

Quite possibly my absolute favourite vegetable. I love the sharp, spicy yet bitter taste it adds to a salad…and you will often find me eating it for breakfast on top of my next favourite food…

6. Omelettes

You’ll notice I don’t write “eggs” here…as I am a little bit picky when it comes to eggs. I have a massive allergic response to the smell of hard boiled eggs – the sulphur smell can make me vomit, but omelettes are a favourite! Especially since they are a complete protein, I love eating them with tomatoes, olives, parsley, mushrooms and adding avocado with rocket for an amazing breakfast.

7. Nuts

This is a big one – almonds, cashews, macadamias, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts in particular (haha, I don’t think I have left many out there…) and mainly raw as the nutrients are at their highest content

8. Potatoes

Mmmmm…the best form is chips of course (I didn’t say this was all healthy!)…but only as a special treat. Usually I’ll have them for dinner mashed, grilled or roasted in the oven. I prefer potatoes to sweet potatoes, and I get upset when I hear that people have completely cut them out of their diet as they really are one of my favourite foods to eat!

9. Bananas

You may recall a post I did a little while back about the period in which I gave up bananas…I will never do that again…you can check out that blog post here.

10. Chocolate

I started with coffee and I’m ending with chocolate – the darker the better. I’m a big fan of any dark chocolate that has a cocoa content of 72% or more (but everything in moderation…right?).

Disclaimer: I don’t eat all of these foods at every meal, every day (although I would if I could…hehe)…and while these are my top 10 foods to eat, they’re not the only foods I consume. I have kept some of my favourite “unhealthy” options in there such as chocolate and chips to show that I am human, I also struggle with the inability to say no to hot chips or a bar of chocolate – and this is okay…nobody is perfect (despite what it may look like on social media)!

I’d love to know – what are your favourite foods? I’m looking to add a lot of recipes to my blog in the next couple of weeks so I’d love to hear what YOU love to eat so I can create some healthy variations – let me know your fave foods in the comments section below.

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Have a beautiful week,

Dina x

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Dina Savitz helps people discover how a regular exercise regime, small improvements in diet and individualised natural medicine can help improve their energy levels and overall health. As a naturopath and personal trainer with over 12 years experience, Dina works with clients both online and in person.