Moms want/need more sleep. Aside from how delicious it is to just sleep, it gives us energy. Something which many of us are severely missing, due to being up multiple times a night to nurse a hungry baby, or soothe a teething baby. Or a combination of those things, plus tending to a toddler who forgot what it is to sleep through the night…
I’d be remiss to not share some of the best ways to gain more energy. Naturally. You know, like – through FOOD. Crazy, I know. Now, coffee and I? We have a serious love affair. But we all know that too much caffeine is not good for one, or the babe if one is nursing. Some even go so far as to completely cut it out. Such reserves of steel I do not have.
So. Aside from the morning cup of coffee and afternoon nibble of dark chocolate – we may look to these top sources of energy boosting foods as an excellent way to help us get through the day. The trick is to make it easy and convenient. Which is why I’ve included recipe links. Simple ones. Woman-up! After the jump!
Avocados 1 of 7Avocados are one of my favourite foods. And they are so easy to incorporate into one's daily diet. Smoothies, sliced on dark rye, sunflower seeded toast with tomatoes, old cheddar, salt and pepper? Damn tasty. Yes, avocados are high in fat. The good kind. Replacing avocados for other heavier, cooked fats is the way to go. The amount of potassium (more than bananas) alone in an avocado can fill you up, leave you satisfied and ready for your day. They are essentially a miracle food, rich and high in pretty much every vitamin and nutrient (including protein, fiber, folic acid, B6, lutien and gluthicone), one's body needs.
Green smoothie recipe here, via: Fit Sugar
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Salmon 2 of 7Now listen, this bear knows what's up. Animals often do. Salmon is one of the highest sources around for omega 3 fatty acids. Which I think we all know by now greatly help improve our mood. Our bodies don't produce these nutrients naturally so it's really important to include the in your diet. Hello sushi!
Salmon with poppy-seeds & noodles recipe found here, via: Women's Health
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Quinoa 3 of 7This ancient grain has been getting a lot of attention...at least I've seen more and more recipes pop up on Pinterest as of late. With good reason. Quinoa is a whole grain, super high in protein (= energy), as well as an excellent source of magnesium, copper and fiber. In general, whole grains of any kind should be on your list of foods to eat regularly, instead of processed white flour bread, pasta, rices and other foods. Quinoa doesn't have to be a dinner-time food only, either! It's great as a hot breakfast, cook it up as you would steel cut oats (which is another energy-food), and add in your favourite fruit!
Creamy quinoa primavera recipe found here, via: Let's Dish
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Beets 4 of 7Another one of my favourites on this list. I like to slice them thin, tossed with a hint of olive oil, fresh pepper and sea salt. Broil on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 4 minutes then flip 'em and broil for another 4 minutes. YUM! Why beets? They are rich in antioxidants for one, and those greens on top? Save them for a green smoothie because they are one of the highest sources of nutrients out of all the vegetables in the whole wide world. For reals.
Baked Beet Chips: Step-By-Step Instructions, found here, via: A Cozy Kitchen
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Berries 5 of 7It may not be the season - but frozen berries will get you through the winter in a multitude of ways. Enjoy them blended straight out of the freezer in a smoothie - add the into the afore mentioned green smoothie for an extra dose of anti-oxidant power! Low in calories and high in fiber they are one of the best ways to keep your digestive track uhm...happy.
Try this ginger berry and oat berry smoothie: found here, via Real Simple
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Almonds 6 of 7Quick. Easy. No brainer. When you have the munchies, nom on a few of these to take the edge off. I usually have a few in the morning if I'm rushed with getting the babes fed, changed and ready for their day - until I can get to myself. Another simple way to incorporate them into your daily diet is to use almond milk or whole almonds or almond butter in your smoothies. Or almond butter on toast. Yummy treat = a glass of dark chocolate almond milk for that much needed mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Considered a power-food by many a nutritionist, almonds host a bevy of healthy fats, are high in protein, vitamin e and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals.
Try this salad recipe (substitute the pricey pine nuts with almond slivers): right here! Via: Domestic Fits
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Lentils & Beans 7 of 7I think we all know lentils and beans are healthy for us. They've gotten a bad rap for not being amongst the tastiest of foods - and then there's that pesky gas inducing problem...which we're all willing to ignore for a good pot of chili. Expand your horizons - get them included in your diet a little more often. Your mojo will thank you. Heart healthy and fiber rich, beans and lentils are studious little suckers. Full of protein and folate, they'll keep your blood sugar stable, your mood elevated and your eyes open. Okay, so the link below isn't the least simple recipe on this list, but well worth the time. Make a big batch of it and it freezes well for leftovers. Plus? If you get it in the crock mid morning, or early on a set timer before you go to work... there will be no late afternoon hustle to get dinner prepared.
Get the healthy soup recipe I' m on about here, via: le petit rÃªve
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