Rich Feeds, Light Fees

Earlier this week I posted my first – of hopefully many – blog posts on student meal prep. As promised, I’m following it up with a little nutritional info on some of my favourite foods within the post. A lot of nutritional info together can be a lot to take on, so I’ll keep it short and sweet; hopefully some of it will stand out to you the next time you’re strolling along the grocery aisles ahead of an intense student – or even – work week. 😉

Sweet potato

  • Helps balance blood sugar levels.
  • Fights free-radical damage to the skin.
  • Protects against infection.
  • The yellow flesh and brown skin of a sweet potato contains high potassium levels which regulate heart rate and help combat the effects of stress.
  • Very versatile to cook with.


  • High fibre content.
  • Rich in manganese which helps build bones and is necessary for healthy bone structure.
  • Helps regulate and reduce food cravings.
  • The fibre in chickpeas has been shown to help reduce the unhealthy LDL cholesterol.


  • Sesame seeds help to improve skin.
  • Sunflower seeds maintain healthy hair and skin.
  • Pumpkin seeds are great for cardiovascular (heart) health.
  • Linseeds are great for heart health.
  • Poppy seeds protect the heart.
  • Hemp seeds reduce inflammation and keep skin and joints in good condition.


  • Help remove toxins from the body.
  • Help keep blood vessels supple.
  • Reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Good for detoxing and heart health.

Wholegrain pasta

  • Whole grain pasta is high in B vitamins and minerals, such as copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese.
  • The B vitamins are important for a healthy nervous system and energy metabolism.
  • Copper is needed to form connective tissue, blood cells and promote function of the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems.
  • Selenium supports immune system and thyroid gland function.
  • Magnesium is essential for regulating blood pressure and building strong, healthy bones.
  • Manganese aids in bone formation and the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins.
  • It provides energy.
  • High in fibre.


All other nutritional information was taken from Neal’s Yard Remedies Healing Foods, a DK publication.


As always, thanks a million for taking the time to read this today. If you like what you’ve seen, you might check out my Facebook page or drop your email into the subs box below to keep up with my posts. 🙂

Until the next time,

Happy healthy eating,



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