It’s a new year, and sometimes we need a New Year’s Boost. We have made it through the holidays and now life is returning to our regular routine. The problem is it is sometimes hard to get back to that routine.
We have indulged (maybe OVER indulged) in a lot of holiday goodies, and we are trying to get back on track with our eating and fitness, especially those of us still on the weight loss journey.
The problem is it’s still winter, and this year’s winter has been a bear, even here in Canada’s banana belt. It’s still dark in the morning, and dark in the afternoon, though I am noticing it is a bit lighter later now.
So what do we need to do? Refocus these our eating and our fitness and get back on track so this time I want to share with you some energy boosters.
I will also have some very big news at the end.
So…what are some good energy boosters we can implement to our eating plans?
Let’s start with blueberries. Blueberries are one of the best foods you can snack on if you feel tired or exhausted. These juicy bombs are packed with flavonoids and have amazing anti-oxidative and anti- inflammatory properties. Blueberries have a high water content to help keep your body hydrated resulting in more energy. Add some to a salad or to your cereal or just as a snack. Have you had your handful of blueberries today?
One of my favourite nuts are almonds. Almonds are fantastic when you feel your energy level dropping or have low concentration levels. Within minutes of eating a handful of almonds, you will feel energized and able to concentrate again. Almonds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that will boost your brain power. YAY. You could just grab a handful as an afternoon snack, sprinkle some crushed almonds on top of your porridge or add to your plate at lunch.
Green tea has long been known to have many healthy properties. It´s no secret that green tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can add to your daily diet, but did you know that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine in green tea gives you an energy boost without the jitters? On top of that, you’ll be hydrated and have a feeling of fullness after one cup. Grab a delicious cup of green tea instead of coffee when you feel an afternoon low. Green tea also boosts brainpower which helps when you feel tired at work. Do you enjoy a cup of Green Tea?
One of my favourite go-to snacks are bananas, almost to a fault. I was eating so many bananas a while back that my doctor had to tell me to cut back as my potassium levels were too high. In moderation though, bananas are great. When you are running low on fuel and need something quick and easy, grab a banana! Bananas are amazing energy boosters and keep you fueled longer than most fruits and foods. This potassium packed fruit includes a bunch of other nutrients like vitamin B6, magnesium and full of fiber making it the absolute ideal snack. The sugar in bananas will provide you instant energy without a low in your blood sugar due to the fiber content. Have you had your banana today?
This is a new one for me, but hey, I’m willing to try new stuff. Our final energy booster is raw cacao.Raw cacao is full of minerals and vitamins and especially high in magnesium which makes it the perfect energy booster. Instead of eating milk chocolate or highly processed cacao; choose raw cacao powder and sprinkle it on apple slices with almond butter, put it into your smoothie or make chocolate energy balls for your afternoon snack. If you want a satisfying and energizing afternoon snack, make your own hot chocolate using almond milk, a tablespoon of cacao powder and a teaspoon of honey.
Special thanks to Kylie Malcolm at the Health Coach Group for these booster tips.
I also want to share a quick recipe with you that I found on Facebook. This is quick and easy. They are called breakfast cookies. They only have 3 ingredients and bake up in 20 minutes.
Mash 2 bananas, add 1 3/4 cups of quick cook oats and 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries. The original recipe called for chocolate chips. We have also made them with peanut butter chips.
After mixing, use a table spoon to make small balls. Put on a greased baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Trust me, these are really yummy. Have one of two with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of fruit for a great quick breakfast.
Here comes the big news folks…remember in my last post I said I was taking the Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist course? Well, I have completed the course and have got my certification. I am very proud of this and excited to be relaunching my weight loss coaching and public speaking again.
I have decided to focus on clients who have 50 or more pounds to lose and feel they have tried everything.
Starting in February, the domain of http://www.gethealthywithbacon.com will be the home of Neale Bacon Weight Loss Coach and Speaker. This blog is not going anywhere. I will continue to write it. There will be a link on the website right back here, or if you want to come here directly, you can enter wordpress.com/lowfatbaconbits.
I will let you all know when the site is going up but I am aiming for February 1st.
I hope you will all stay on as readers, and will continue to share my blog with others. I will continue to share my story of the weight loss journey and what I have learned along the way. There will still be tips, ideas and a laugh or two.
Until next time, have a healthy and happy day!