In a rush to get my daughter off to preschool, I ate a handful of Cheerios straight from the box.
I came home and was starving, so I ate one of the cupcakes we made the day before.
By the time I fed the kids lunch and tucked them in for naps, I was too unmotivated to make lunch, so I ate the leftover bits of my son’s quesadilla.
Then, I was ravenous at dinner and ate more than I should have.
It’s no wonder that I’m tired, irritable, and frumpy.
Does this sound familiar?
Part of my Dump the Mom Frump plan is to eat better.
I’m not fooling myself into thinking that I’ll find the time to prepare 3 perfect meals for myself each day, but I’ve chosen 10 nutritious foods that can be easily worked into my day with just a bit of planning.
These foods that pack a nutritional punch and should have me feeling more energized.
Here they are…
Almonds 1 of 10Almonds are full of iron and monounsaturated fatty acids, which will help to keep your blood vessels healthy. Either eat a handful or try them in a green salad.
Click here for the recipe for a great Mixed Greens Salad.
Avocado 2 of 10A ½-cup serving of avocado offers 20 percent of your daily dose of fiber and contains some great cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats.
Click here for the recipe for these Black Beans and Rice Bowls.
Black Beans 3 of 10Black beans are an amazing source of fiber and protein and contain at least 8 different antioxidants. Either replace the pinto beans in your burrito with black beans or try them in a new way like this lasagna.
Click here for the recipe for this Mexican Lasagna.
Blueberries 4 of 10Blueberries are a great source of fiber and are rich in antioxidants. They're labeled a superfood for good reason. Either grab a handful, sprinkle them on your cereal, or try these muffins!
Click here to make these Whole Grain Flax Blueberry Muffins.
Eggs 5 of 10Egg whites are a great fat-free protein, but don't skip the yolks, which offer vitamin B12, vitamin A, and choline. I try to keep a bowl of hard-boiled eggs in my refridgerator for an easy snack, but I'll be making these baked eggs this weekend.
Click here for the recipe for these Baked Eggs in Avocados.
Greek Yogurt 6 of 10Greek yogurt is filled with probiotics and contains up to 8 more grams of protein per serving than traditional yogurt. Once I tasted Greek yogurt, there was no turning back.
Click here for directions for this Blackberry Breakfast Parfait.
Kale 7 of 10I'll admit that I've been slow to embrace kale. But the knowledge that it's loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, lutein, and antioxidants is bringing me around.
Click here to learn how to make these Kale Chips.
Peanut Butter 8 of 10I've always liked peanut butter, but now that I have kids, it's becoming a staple in my house. We all know that peanut butter is full of protein, but it also offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. (Almond butter is a great choice if you have a peanut allergy.)
Click here for a fun recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola.
Spinach 9 of 10Spinach is loaded with iron and antioxidants. Either toss some in your breakfast smoothie or try some in a great salad.
Click here to learn how to make this Spring Panzanella.
Walnuts 10 of 10Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL). Either grab a handful or make yourself some homemade granola bars, perfect for busy mornings.
Click here for the recipe for Chewy Walnut Granola Bars.
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