5 high impact foods for energy today.
OK. So I'm a food snob. What I mean is that I'm picky about the food that I put in my body. It's more so about the quality of the food and the quality in the preparation of the food than being picky about eating one ingredient over another. When we can taste something in it's purest, high-quality form, we can be surprised at how delicious something can taste even though we might have in the past dismissed it as something we don't eat.
I do follow what's trending in the latest food discoveries, but I do my best not to preach about what you should and shouldn't eat. I believe in allowing the individual to experiment and find out for themselves what actually tastes good and makes them feel great.
It's no secret that many of the foods that we are presented with are filled with chemicals, artificial ingredients, and are prepared poorly. These factors lead us to poor eating habits and many health challenges that are preventable with some minor adjustments.
Without having to overhaul your entire diet, here are 5 high impact foods that you can start mixing into your routine that will lead you to healthier and energetic days ahead.
This is a simple, yet great source of protein and other vital nutrients. Eggs make for a great snack throughout the day, not just at breakfast time. Enjoy the whole egg, including the yolk. If nature has it, then it must have its purpose - we continue to receive evidence of the health benefits.
2. Steel Cut Oatmeal
Oatmeal is an incredibly nutritious meal packed with many health benefits. Avoid the instant flavored bags that are loaded with sugars, preservatives, and artificial fruit flavors. Instead, go for steel cut oatmeal. It requires a bit more time to prepare, but you can control what you want to put in there. You can try adding almond slivers, honey, jam, your favorite nut milk, berries, or cinnamon for added flavor.
3. Greek Yogurt
Another great source of protein and Greek yogurt packs a punch with much more protein than normal yogurt. Avoid Greek yogurts that are high in sugar and contain high fructose corn syrup. Instead, try plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of honey.
There's no debating, eating more greens in our diets has us feeling vibrant, lighter and more energized. Salads are a great way to incorporate more greens into our diets, as long as we aren't loading them up with creamy and high-calorie dressings. Kale is one of my favorite greens that can be added as a burger topping instead of Iceberg lettuce, blended in a smoothie, or added to a side dish such as rice.
5. Dark Chocolate
Eating healthier does not mean depriving yourself of every single sweet. In fact, dark chocolate has more antioxidants than most foods in the produce aisle, so break off a small portion of that chocolate bar for an afternoon snack. A reminder that not all chocolate is created equal. Look for dark chocolate with a cacao content of 70 or more with least amount of sugar and other hard to pronounce ingredients.
Although eating healthy every day can boost your productivity and wellbeing by reducing the stress of low-quality foods on your body, I recommend that you give yourself a break once in a while to indulge in something that you really enjoy, guilt-free of course.
What do I do now?
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