Stay-at-home moms are extremely busy. Add entrepreneur to the job description and you can imagine the energy required to pull it off. There’s always something that needs to be done and someone vying for your attention. This is why it is imperative to treat yourself well and pay attention to your health. Food is energy – well, the right food is. Here are three-pick-me up foods to increase your energy levels.
#1 Edamame is a fantastic source of protein and it makes a wonderful snack. Additionally, if you buy it frozen, it only takes about 5 minutes in the microwave to prepare. This means it’s perfect for busy mompreneurs. If you love to snack and are looking for a tasty, healthy, energy boost, you can’t go wrong with edamame.
#2 Berries. In addition to providing a boost of natural sugar – so much better for you than eating candy and cookies, berries are packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants keep your immune system functioning optimally and prevent free radical damage. And if you want to really have an energy boost, eat your berries with a bit of protein. For example, a few berries with a dish of yogurt or some cheese. The protein slows your body’s absorption of the sugar and carbs in the berries so your energy lasts a good long time.
#3 Nuts and nut butters. Nuts are jam-packed with protein and healthier fats. And nut butters offer the same benefits. If you’re eating a nut butter, for example peanut butter, look for the natural peanut butters without added sugar. It may take a little getting used to if you’re accustomed to sugary peanut butter. However, you’ll adapt quickly because it tastes great – you’ll never go back to the sugary stuff again.
Nuts are an easy snack that in addition to all the protein also offers a good amount of fiber. Nut butters can be eaten with whole grain bread, crackers, or with an all-natural berry spread if you like something a little sweet. Yep, good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly the healthy way. It’s a great source of long-lasting energy.
Nuts, berries and edamame all contain a bit of the B-complex vitamins which are essential to balancing your blood sugar. They are the key to all-day energy and help your body respond to stress. If you’re a mompreneur, chances are there are some stressful moments in your life.
Now it’s important to note that you’re not limited to these three foods if you’re looking for a bit of energy during your day. Keep in mind that a balance of lean protein and a carb will work wonders. The carbohydrate provides the energy and the protein ensures you don’t burn it all up as soon as you eat it. The protein makes sure your energy lasts.