We’re sure you’ve heard of calories, but have you ever considered your macronutrient and micronutrient intake? If not, let us give you some insight into the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients and why you should consider them when choosing your meal delivery service!
What Are Macronutrients?
Macronutrients (otherwise known as macros) are the nutrients that your body uses in larger amounts and requires daily. They are made up of 3 types of nutrients; proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Protein: Protein supplies your body with something called amino acids. These are building blocks for muscle, the brain, blood, nervous system, skin and hair. Protein is also the transporter of oxygen and other essential nutrients.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates (or carbs) are key to your overall energy source. It is much easier for your body to convert carbs into usable energy than it is for protein or fat which is why they need to be consumed in conjunction with other macronutrients. Carbs also provide your body, brain, muscles and cell with energy; however, too many carbs can lead to an up and down effect of energy for the brain.
Fats: Fats help to provide a vital source of energy in the event of starvation or caloric deprivation, meaning they are essential to a humans daily function. It is also essential in helping with the protection of our organs, proper cell function and insulation. Regulation of mood and hormone function is a great reason to up the fats in your diet.
What Are Micronutrients?
Micronutrients (otherwise known as micros) are made up of vitamins and minerals. Compared to macros, we only need a small amount of micros (hence the name micro!). Vitamins are made from organic compounds that have been produced by animals and plants. Here are some common vitamins and minerals you should incorporate into your next meal plan:
Vitamin A: This essential nutrient supports immune function and skin, eye plus reproductive health. Vitamin A can be found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and ghee, plus eggs, carrots, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Try our Chicken & Bacon Carbonara, Chicken Caesar Salad, Chilli Con Carne or Roast Vegetable Salad for meals high in Vitamin A.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is essential as your body cannot produce this nutrient by itself. It is found in many fruits and vegetables including capsicum, broccoli, spinach, kale, oranges and strawberries. Low blood pressure, decreased risks of heart disease, preventing iron deficiency and boosting immunity are just some of the benefits that may come from consuming Vitamin C. Our Vegetable Curry, Mexican Taco Bowl, Szechuan Pork Belly and Satay Pork contain a large amount of Vitamin C.
Vitamin D: The “Sunshine Vitamin” isn’t found in many foods as most Vitamin D gets absorbed from the sun through our skin. Despite this, eggs, mushrooms and fortified dairy do contain some Vitamin D. This vitamin builds strong bones through helping the body absorb calcium gained from fresh foods and improve immunity. Some studies have also linked Vitamin D deficiency to an increase in depressive moods. To increase your Vitamin D intake, have lunch in the sun with one of our meals like the Chicken, Mushroom & Walnut Risotto or Mushroom Stroganoff.
Iron: Iron is essential to building red blood cells that aids body growth and hormone development. Red meat, beans, tofu, broccoli and cashews all have high levels of iron. Nourish’d meals like the Pulled Barbeque Brisket, Off The Bone Lamb Shanks and Korean Sesame Chicken & Broccoli could help you increase your iron intake as they each contain high iron foods.
Magnesium: Muscle and nerve function may be regulated through the consumption of magnesium. Magnesium may also boost exercise performance, regulate brain function, lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation in the body. Avocados, nuts, beans, seeds and leafy greens are all high in the mineral Magnesium. To increase the magnesium in your diet try our Spiced Vegetable Chilli, Nasi Goreng, Chicken Fajita Bowl or the Chickpea Dahl.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for growth and development during pregnancy and childhood as well as playing an important role in immune function. Red meat, poultry, dairy products, beans and nuts all hold a high level of zinc. Try our Beef Cheek Ragu, Chicken Korma Curry and Pulled Pork with Potato Salad to add some essential zinc into next weeks diet.
Why Are Micronutrients So Important?
Well for starters, micronutrients are an essential element that our body NEEDS. No ifs or buts about it! Our bodies aren’t able to produce vitamins and minerals themselves, so it is important we are getting them from our food sources. Having an adequate intake of micronutrients daily may be necessary if you want to have optimal health. To break it up even more, vitamins are essential for immune function, blood clotting and energy production (and more!). On the other hand, minerals help out with growth, bone health, fluid balance and so on.
But Why Do We Care?
Here at Nourish’d, we believe that health is wealth! We want to provide you with fresh and healthy pre-made meals that include great macro and micronutrients. This is why our meals contain no preservatives or added sugar and are made from real ingredients. It is so important to nourish (see what we did there?) your body and provide it with the food necessary for growth, health, and peak condition.
If you’d like to include a wide range of healthy macros and micros in your diet, check out our delicious meals. Order by 5pm Thursday to get your breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted for the next week!