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I’m not sure about you, but I live off of coffee. My coffee cup is basically attached to my hand like an IV. Let’s face it, us Millennial moms do everything. Probably too much of everything. We cultivate organic vegetable gardens, teach our 8 month-old-babies to read and pursue emotional intelligence with a vengeance. We are over-achieving to say the least, and sometimes our bodies get a bit run down from our zealous ideals.
I know that coffee isn’t always the best way to get back the pep in your step. Especially after a long night of researching various parenting methods focused on love, understanding and empathy…time outs just don’t cut it anymore do they?? Well, let me help you, by sharing the foods you can grow or eat that will give you a buzz that rivals your cup of coffee. Please note, this isn’t your standard healthy food list. This is a list for moms, who need energy, but already drank too much coffee.
Apples For Longer Energy: Apples are in our house all the time. If not, I can’t function. Apples have unique properties with soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as water and natural sugar. The natural sugar gives your brain a boost, the water hydrates, and the fiber gets things moving. When things are moving inside, you feel more like moving on the outside. Simple facts there.
Adult Peanut Butter and Jelly: This is peanut butter, bread and strawberries. Your bread, which I’m sure is already super high-quality if you are a millennial mom is important. If its a good, sprouted wheat, then you are golden. Bread, because it is a carb, will get your blood sugar up, which will help you feel more energized. The strawberries will do the same, but also offer some great nutrients and antioxidants. The peanut butter is your protein and fat to keep you sustained for longer than a half hour. I know this isn’t one food, but its something you can make your kids and yourself, so its a win win. If you are concerned about the calories in peanut butter, but love it and want the protein. Try these peanut butter powders! I love them!
Spinach Protein Smoothie: This is two foods together again. Spinach is so so so good for you! It can be hard to digest, so a great way to have it is in a smoothie. I use spinach, protein powder and some almond milk. The protein powder takes over the spinach flavor, so its one big green drink that tastes so good, and it moves through your system quickly, so you aren’t feeling sluggish and full. That’s one thing about too much protein, sometimes it is hard to digest, and it can actually make you feel tired. A protein powder form is easier on your system, yet you still benefit from all the vitamins, minerals and protein in the powder.
Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts: These are fabulous energy boosters! Dark chocolate has a lot of great health benefits and the bit of caffeine and sugar you need for a boost, with out being too much. The nuts will help keep your blood sugar stable, so you don’t collapse after having a few. I read, but can’t remember where now that researchers from Northern Arizona University had participants snack on chocolate with 60 percent cacao and found an increase in alertness and attentiveness. Our mom-brains need that!
Popcorn: Popcorn is quick and easy, a great carb to boost your blood sugar, as well as give you that satisfying, salty taste if you are more of a salt person. Sprinkle it with sea salt please! Sea salt is so good for you, and it will help your body better utilize all the water you are drinking. Sometimes just snacking on something helps me get my energy back, and popcorn is one of those things you can eat a lot of, and snack on for a long time, but it doesn’t make you feel tired and full. And, if you air pop it, its really light in calories.
Oranges: Very similar to apples, but higher in vitamin c and water content. The vitamin C has been shown to help give your body a sustained energy, while the water content will hydrate and the natural sugar will give you a boost. The worst part is just having to peel them. Your blood sugar rises and the vitamins get your body quickly, yet the fiber of the fruit keep it from spiking and dropping fast. Natures candy and energy boost!
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