Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Spring Forward Energy Boost

From our #100happypearls challenge last year
So, if you're anything like me you are loving the extra hour or so of sunlight at the end of the day but are having the hardest time getting out of bed in the morning and staying awake in the afternoon. Welcome to the early stages of Spring. As exciting as it is I dread the time-change week every year. Every year. I need sunlight to get me out of bed in the mornings. 

In thinking of all of this and of Tasty Tuesday I thought we would think a bit about energy boosting foods. Some things that might help us get through the adjustment week and on to the joys of Spring evenings. I did a little poking around on the world wide web and found the following tips. Health.com had some good thoughts. And these are all good diet habits in general of course. 

  • Iron: Try to pump your diet full of iron. Leafy greens, beans, lentils, broccoli, etc. 
  • Vitamin C: Health.com mentioned this would help your body absorb the iron. Think citrus fruit, that same broccoli and spinach from your iron intake, berries, tomatoes, etc.
  • Balanced diet: fruits & veggies, whole grains, lean protein, fatty plant-based foods (nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, cocoa nibs), herbs & spices
  • Always eat breakfast: And apply the tips from balanced diet. Think about energy producing grains like this quinoa or protein-filled yogurt with fruit and nuts.
  •  Skip caffeine and sugar: Both of these pick you up and let you crash hard. And there isn't any nutrition from either. 
  • Whole foods: Laurie and I preach this regularly. The fewer processed foods the better. If you don't know any ingredient or couldn't make it at home it probably isn't great for you.  
  • Good Fats: Keep good fats like the "fatty plant-based foods" listed above as well as fatty fish like salmon or tuna. Tuna salad is a cheap and easy weekday lunch.
I hope this is helpful! Maybe you learned something new or were reminded to put that soda down. Either way I hope you get more energy and are able to get out of bed in the mornings quicker than I am. That only means hitting snooze two times instead of four. Baby steps. Baby steps.

Happy Spring Forward!

-Alison



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