Preparing for summertime and thinking of all the fun activities you can partake in as the weather continues to warm up, you may want to think about choosing foods that energize you and maximize your energy throughout the day. Our bodies need protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins , and nutrients to make energy. It is tempting to choose a quick fix such as sugar or caffeine, but these temporary sources of energy lead you to crave more sugar and caffeine. A great way to increase your energy is to choose energy-giving foods. By providing important nutrients, these foods also help with mood and focus. Here are five foods that will help feed your cells in a positive way this summer, while tasting delicious too.
Whether you pick them yourself or stop by the farm stand for a pint, berries of all kinds (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and others) contain flavonoids; cell-protective nutrients that reduce inflammation. Enjoy a few berries with organic granola and almond milk for a mid-afternoon summer snack.
Cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds all contain fats, carbohydrates and protein that are good for you, providing very efficient energy for your cells that will help you keep up with your summer activities. Keep them in your travel bag to be sure you always have access to something to maintain your energy and mood.
The protein, carbs, and fats in salmon give your body exactly what it needs to keep you going. Choose wild salmon whenever possible to ensure you are not exposed to unwanted toxins.
- Shish kabobs
Kabobs made with chicken, lamb or beef and vegetables such as green, red, and orange peppers, and onions, are a fun and delicious way to enjoy the summer while boosting your energy with protein from the meat and anti-oxidants from the vegetables. You can make your shish kabobs vegetarian by using mushrooms instead of meat.
A common ingredient in trail mix, seeds such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds can be the perfect solution when you need a quick lift. They contain the nutrients, including potassium and zinc, which your body needs for energy that sustains you, especially in the dehydrating summer heat.