Tuesday, October 23, 2007

10 Energy Boosting Foods for Busy Moms

Top 10 Super Foods to kick your Metabolism and Energy into High Gear!

Seems everyone has a list these days. Well I have one of my own that not only works for me, but for hundreds of Fit Yummy Mummies as well. These foods will not only help your body burn more calories but they are delicious, affordable and EASY to prepare. So print out this list and Get Energized!

1. High Fiber Cereal - look for 5 grams or more of Fiber and no more than 8g of sugar. I like to have at least one hot cereal (rolled oats) and one cold (Kashi Go Lean Crunch).

2. Apples - Okay, any fresh fruit will do, but apples are so easy to grab and go, we always have them on hand. Make it easy on yourself and have at least 2 different fresh fruits you can choose to eat each day. This week I have apple slices and grapes on hand.

3. Almonds - Your "portable protein" - the perfect emergency snack or pair it up with a fruit or veggie. High in metabolism-boosting Protein and Healthy Fats. But it is easy to eat too many - measure out 1/4 cup servings and stick in a snack size baggie.

4. Eggs - Yes, they ARE good for you. They are considered the gold standard of protein quality because of their superior amino acid content. It takes less than 3 minutes to prepare an egg. One of my favorite on-the-go egg tips: microwave your eggs in a coffee cup (lightly coated with olive oil for easy clean up). Your egg is now the perfect shape to top a whole wheat English muffin and eat on the run.

5. Spinach - This super veggie goes with everything. At only 5 calories per cup how could it not?! Use in omelets, wraps, salads, side dishes...the list goes on.

6. Yogurt - great source of protein and the live cultures help boost immunity. Goes great with Kashi Go Lean Crunch or other high fiber cereals. HOWEVER: Avoid choosing brands that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Read the ingredients.

7. Grilled Chicken - okay this is tied with frozen wild salmon filets (loaded with omega-3's.) One of the easiest, most versatile "meal makers" available. I'll have to share the many ways chicken can be prepared just to prove it is not boring to eat!

8. Black Beans - Packed with the leanest protein and very high in fiber - and only $.75 a can - how can you go wrong? Beans are a great alternative to those who feel like they are eating the same protein day in and day out.

9. Salsa - yes, tomatoes have wonderful health benefits, but in salsa form they also work well to add low cal, energizing flavor to your meals. From eggs, to rice and beans and even as a salad dressing (my absolute favorite). Choose a spicy variety and get the added metabolism-boosting kick from Capsaicin — the chemical in peppers that gives them their bite.

10. Green Tea - A Morning Must. Now I used to be an avid Starbucks fan....but the extra calories and ton of sugar completely sabotaged my results. Green tea was the perfect replacement. It has a lower level of caffeine (to help me get off the energy roller coaster) and loaded with EGCG. (studies show this ingredient causes your brain and nervous system to run more quickly — helping you burn more calories.) BONUS: It enhances your mood as well. Be sure to brew your own for these benefits are NOT found in store bought green teas.

Now this list is not exclusive for I could go on with 10 more energizing super foods. But this is simply way to get you started. Your commitment to this site will give you the advantage as I continue to share additional tips and strategies - so don't miss a day! Better yet, make it easy on yourself and subscribe to this site.

I also like to share that it is important to supplement your nutrition plan with a high quality whole food nutrient complex. My favorite is Prograde's VGF+25 for women which also has an herbal blend that promotes hormonal balance. A complete godsend!

So, this is an example of what you SHOULD be eating. Unfortunately, many Busy Moms are just not eating supportively. I will reveal what Busy Moms ARE eating to help you identify areas you can tweak to see and feel faster results.

1 comment:

Rose said...

Mmmm... makes me want cereal for breakfast! :)