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Costa has just revealed it’s Christmas menu with the Orange Hot Chocolate conspicuously missing. Sadly, none of the sugary holiday treats are top choices for a registered nutritionist.
Navigating supermarkets and restaurants can be tricky, that’s why we’ve enlisted the help of nutritionist and founder of GP Nutrition Gabriela Peacock, to be our roving grab-and-go food correspondent.
First up is ubiquitous coffee shop Costa – what are the healthiest things to order from this train station staple?
Here Gabriela talks us through what she would really order…
CITRUS & GINGER TEA OR AMERICANO WITH COCONUT MILK
I love a hot water and lemon in the morning as it’s alkalising, boosts energy and starts the bodies natural detoxification processes. So, I would choose a Citrus and Ginger Twist Tea to kick start the day!
Coffee gets a lot of bad press, and although it can be negative to rely on it for energy, a coffee once in a while has health benefits and boosts brain power. I would choose a black coffee or Americano with with a little soya milk.
I prefer to mix up my milks rather than always relying on cow’s milk with coffee as, although cow’s milk can be a good source of nutrition, Soya milk can be good option as it has a high protein content and B vitmains.
However it’s best to enjoy it occasionally as it can also be disruptive to hormone health. Choose organic soya milk where possible.
PORRIDGE WITH NUTS AND SEEDS
Porridge is a great breakfast, the oats slowly release energy throughout the morning reducing dips in blood sugar and energy. At Costa I’d order this and add my own protein toppings.
It’s always worth carrying a combo of nuts and seeds with you, in case what you’re ordering doesn’t come with such a nutritional punch.
I like mixing flax seeds, chia seeds and almonds to provide essential fatty acids and omegas, and are benefical for all over the body – from your heart to your skin health.
CHICKEN WITH COCONUT AND LIME GLUTEN FREE WRAP
The Chicken with Coconut & Lime Gluten Free Wrap sounds delicious! Naturally, wraps are lighter and filled with lots of fresh vegetables or salad so they’ll increase your day’s intake of fibre and nutrients. Plus, this option had a light and fragrant herb dressing rather than a heavy mayonnaise.
SWEET AND SALT POPCORN
Treats on the go are always difficult, especially if you’re trying to find healthy options, but you don’t have to go without entirely. Instead of all the sugary cakes and biscuits, popcorn can be a good option.
The Sweet & Salty Popcorn is light and has more whole grain fibre than refined snacks but enough sweetness to satisfy those sugar cravings!
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