New research has shown women are more attracted to men who eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables
Always making the bed, good physique, great shoes… there are many things that women can find attractive in a man, but according to new research, the amount of fruit and vegetables a man eats could factor into his appeal.
The study suggests that love may be in the nose of the beholder, rather than their eyes, as women are attracted to the scent of men who eat plenty of fruit of vegetables over those who eat diets rich in carbohydrates.
So guys to make you truly irresistible to your other half, here are 5 top ways you can boost your fruit and vegetable intake:
- I’ll have the soup
Start ordering the soup when you go out to dinner, or even better impress your other half by whipping up a delicious soup you can snuggle down with together at the end of the day. “Soups are a fantastic way of using any odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, especially those that are starting to look a bit limp and sad! Gently steam all vegetables, add lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as rosemary, caraway and thyme. Then blend in a food mixer or liquidiser. Serve hot or cold!” says Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns,.
- Ditch the commuter coffee
Stop picking up a coffee on the way into work and make a smoothie to go at home. “Blend with a glass of water and add some apple or berries, spinach leaves, a little fennel, cucumber, celery and rocket. There is the option of an avocado too to make it creamier. Add a small grating of ginger to warm it up! You can also add spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass or barley grass powder to increase minerals, B vitamins and enzymes, such as Natures Plus Ultra Juice Green Powder (£29.95, www.naturesplus.co.uk),” recommends Cassandra.
- Show me the veg
Make sure the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ doesn’t apply to your diet, Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar (www.marilynglenville.com) explains, “Just like you keep sweets out of sight to discourage never-ending snacking, keeping veggies in sight will help you think of them as an option for eating. Fill a fruit bowl at work and keep a bowl on the kitchen counter at home so you’ll be more likely to snack on carrot and celery sticks.”
- Make Breakfast Count
Make your breakfast count. It may sound simple but breakfast can be a great meal for sneaking in an extra portion of fruit. Try adding a fresh fruit topping of your favourite fruit to your porridge or swap your coffee for a fresh glass of orange juice, but be cautious on how much sugar this may contain. To give your juice a healthier boost, whilst still getting your fruity dose dilute your juice with water, to help balance the high levels of sugar that can be found in fruit juices.
If you still feel you’re not getting enough fruit in your diet try topping up with a supplement such as Quest’s Vitamin C [RRP from £16.94, www.qnutrapharma.co.uk], which will help to support your immune system.
- Clean and crisp
If you’re a fiend for one of the nation’s favourite snacks, crisps, then Cassandra explains how you can swap the shop bought versions for a healthier homemade version that will factor in your 5-a-day. “Simply slice parsnip, carrots and beetroots into long pieces and layer them on baking trays. Sprinkle with salt, chilli or pepper and enjoy!”.