Eat some Tuna &/or Grilled Chicken - Day 8 - Healthy Eating Challenge

Eat some Tuna &/or Grilled Chicken - Day 8 - Healthy Eating Challenge

Melissa Diver

Day 8 is probably a good time to take stock of how you have gone in the first week of the healthy eating challenge. Did you meet the requirements for all 7 days? If so congratulations we are sure you are feeling the benefits already and now it’s time to smash the second week as well. Did you only manage to meet your goal on 1 day or havn’t been successful at all yet? Well let’s make this second week more successful, don’t let failure stop you from future success. Remember you only have to improve on what you were doing previously to get positive results, you don’t need to hit your targets 100% they are simply goals to motivate you, don’t let your failure to reach them de-motivate you, just focus on improving yourself from yesterday.

Now we have spoken a lot over the last week about fruits and vegetables and how important they are to good health. Today we look at some excellent sources of protein that we want you to try today. Protein is a vitally important substance for your body, it is responsible for muscle repair and growth, hormone production, improved metabolism and is an excellent source of energy.

Today we want to get that protein hit without consuming too many calories. Let’s take a look at today’s foods:

Tuna

Tuna is a cheap and easy source of protein but it is also packed full of other nutrients. A single serving of Tuna provides more than your daily requirement of Selenium, vitamin B3, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12. It also contains a large percentage of your daily intake of vitamin B6, Protein, Vitamin D, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B1. In addition tuna can reduce cardiovascular conditions, stimulate growth and development, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, help in weight loss efforts, boost the immune system, increase energy, maintain the health of the skin, increase red blood cell count, prevent cancer, protect against various kidney diseases, reduce general inflammation, and inhibit cell membrane damage. Pretty impressive from such a simple fish, just remember if you choose the canned varieties choose water based ones as they have the highest nutritional value.

Grilled Chicken

Chicken is so versatile and can be cooked in many ways, fried and deep fried chicken in particularly is incredibly popular and rather tasty as well. But nutritionally grilled chicken is a far better option and that will be your goal for today.

We already know its high in protein but it’s relatively low in fat (when compared to red meats) and supplies a considerable amount of essential vitamins and minerals. Research suggests the health benefits of chicken don’t stop there with evidence that chicken:

  • Is a natural anti-depressant
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Reduces cardiovascular disease
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Improves Eye Health
  • Prevents Migraines
  • Prevents Grey Hair

Today is most easily achieved with a chicken or tuna dinner. Add some salad or vegetables to your dish and you will have a well rounded, low fat, low calorie meal that will keep you feeling full for longer and packed full of health benefits.