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Sydney nutritionist Melissa Meier reveals food staples she buys every week

Many Australians believe that a healthy diet is made up of on-trend superfoods, expensive organic vegetables and fancy homemade meals.

However, leading Sydney-based dietitian Melissa Meier insists this doesn’t have to be the case and recently shared the simple staples she swears by each week.

Writing for Body and Soul, Melissa offered a straightforward spate of advice to the health conscious: keep it simple. 

‘I don’t believe in blowing your life savings on superfoods, spending hours in the kitchen making everything from scratch or doing your groceries only at specialty healthy food shops,’ she said. 

Leading Sydney-based dietitian Melissa Meier (pictured) recently shared the simple staples she swears by each week

Fruit and vegetables 

An obvious choice, Melissa backs the evidence which showcases the importance of a fruit and vegetable-packed diet. 

Whether it’s the high level of Vitamin A and K in carrots or an apple a day, which is a traditionally easy source of Vitamin C, it’s hard not to find a nutrition among the choices. 

She also lauds the importance of frozen vegetables, which can be a great alternative for the time poor. 

 Whether it's the high level of Vitamin A and K in carrots or an apple a day, which is a traditionally easy source of Vitamin C, it's hard not to find a nutrition among the choices 

 Whether it’s the high level of Vitamin A and K in carrots or an apple a day, which is a traditionally easy source of Vitamin C, it’s hard not to find a nutrition among the choices 

Dairy   

A divisive choice in the age of plant-based living, Melissa is quick to back the importance of dairy in a well-rounded diet. 

Whether it’s in the form of milk, cheese or a lunchtime yoghurt snack – the benefits of dairy are measurable. 

These come mostly in the form of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and B12 – with low fat versions of the products also having the ability to reduce blood pressure. 

Whether it's in the form of milk, cheese or a lunchtime yoghurt snack - the benefits of dairy are measurable

Whether it’s in the form of milk, cheese or a lunchtime yoghurt snack – the benefits of dairy are measurable

Hummus 

Once deemed a fad favourite, the humble dip has stood the test of time and become a staple pairing with many a chopped up vegetable.

In addition to its plant-based status, hummus is protein rich, high in fibre and is a great way to fight inflammation. 

For those with intolerances, the dip is typically nut, dairy and gluten free – further qualifying it as a once-trendy snack that’s here to stay.  

 For those with intolerances, the dip is typically nut, dairy and gluten free - further qualifying it as a once-trendy snack that's here to stay

 For those with intolerances, the dip is typically nut, dairy and gluten free – further qualifying it as a once-trendy snack that’s here to stay

Paleo

In recent times, there has been a lot of buzz around the Paleo diet, with followers like Paleo Pete purporting a caveman diet and lifestyle.

‘One of the positives of the Paleo diet is that it advocates for reduced intake of refined sugar and discretionary processed foods – which as a population, we eat far too much of,’ Melissa previously told FEMAIL, in conjunction with Aldi’s paleo range.

The basics of the Paleo diet means ditching dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugar and processed food in favour of a diet based around vegetables, lean meat, seafood, fruit and seeds.  

And while Melissa doesn’t advocate for full-time Paleo adherence, she does agree with its emphasis on a reduced sugar intake. 

'I don't believe in blowing your life savings on superfoods, spending hours in the kitchen making everything from scratch or doing your groceries only at specialty healthy food shops,' Melissa said

‘I don’t believe in blowing your life savings on superfoods, spending hours in the kitchen making everything from scratch or doing your groceries only at specialty healthy food shops,’ Melissa said

Water 

As trends come and go water will always remain atop the list of any person with the objective of achieving bodily health.

While the benefits may be well-known and obvious, it’s difficult to achieve any level of holistic health without the recommended 11 cups of water each day. 

Among the elements wonders are increased brain power and providing additional energy, boosting the immune system and paramount in achieving all over hydration.   

While the benefits may be well-known and obvious, it's difficult to achieve any level of holistic health without the recommended 11 cups of water each day

While the benefits may be well-known and obvious, it’s difficult to achieve any level of holistic health without the recommended 11 cups of water each day



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