“The world belongs to those with the most energy.” – Alexis De Tocqueville
I am sure if you are like most mothers then you take care of yourself after everyone else has been. Are there days when it seems that your children are the ones with all the energy and yes the world does belong to them? From the minute you wake, you’re running on all cylinders, constantly multi-tasking at home and at work. As a mom your job is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. By 3 O’clock your engine has completely fizzled and you’re looking to anything for that quick energy boost. Sound familiar? Before you pick up that Red Bull or the package of processed chemical Frankin’ food junk from the vending machine, why not try something that is filling, satisfying, and nutritious?
Here’s a list of whole, nutritious foods that will keep your body full and energized, so that your kids aren’t the only ones who have the fuel to take on the world.
Staples for Lasting Energy
Breakfast. You can’t take on the day if your engine doesn’t have any fuel to run on.
Water. Aim for eight, 8 oz. glasses a day. Hydration is key to keep your body functioning properly.
Don’t go more then 4 hours without eating. Eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight.
Great on The Go
–Trail mix (be creative and mix your own)
–Dried fruit (i.e. apricots, pineapple, mango).
–Coconut Water (great post work out, or just running after your kids all day)
–Dark Chocolate (aim for at least 70% cacao, it has the least amount of sugar and still tastes great.)
–Whole food bars (Vega, Larabar, Green Plus, Kindbars ,Amrita)
–Nuts (Trader Joe’s sells bags of individual packs)The lowest-calorie nuts at 160 per ounce are almonds (23 nuts; 6 grams protein, 14 grams fat); cashews (16 to 18 nuts; 5 grams protein, 13 grams fat); and pistachios (49 nuts; 6 grams protein, 13 grams fat). Avoid nuts packaged or roasted in oil; instead, eat them raw or dry roasted (Roasted nuts may have been heated in hydrogenated or omega-6 unhealthy fats, she adds, or to high temperatures that can destroy their nutrients.).
-Carrots & celery (chop them up the night before and have in a baggie ready to go)
Quick fixes at home
Fruit Smoothies (add a little vegan protein such as LOV even yogurt. Protein helps slow down the absorption of the sugar, which keeps you going longer.)
Apple with organic peanut butter or almond butter.
Yogurt (plain, Greek and put some fresh fruit or granola in it)
Avocado (a high-quality fat satisfies hunger and leaves you feeling energized)with Sea-salt.
Cucumber slices or whole grain crackers with hummus.
As a mom it is essential to make careful choices, to nourish and sustain yourself. These new choices will provide the energy and health you need to enjoy life with the ones you love. You deserve it.
“Love begins taking care of the closets ones, the ones at home.” – Mother Teresa
by Kimberly D’Arcy
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