Thursday, June 6, 2013

What can you Eat and Drink for All Day Energy?

This is a questions I get asked almost every day!  We operate a Chiropractic Wellness Clinic so we offer Nutrition and Weight Loss counseling along with chiropractic care.  I think nutrition is a very important part of our treatments.

So what do you Drink for energy?  NOT energy drinks!  
Here are a few suggestions:
-Water is KEY!  We drink a gallon or more of WATER every day.  Sound like a lot?  A gallon is only 4 - 16 ounce bottles!  A great way to jazz up plain water is to add cucumbers and/or mint.  My favorite addition to plan water is lemon slices.  As a special treat I make Basil Lemonade!

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-Stay away from high calorie, sugary "juice drinks."  This can sabotage your weight-loss goals

-Avoid chemical sweeteners and "calorie free" drinks like diet soda and crystal light.  The chemicals can cause your body to become toxic and bloat.  NOT a good idea!

So what DO you eat for energy?  Here are my suggestions:
-Eat food natural fat foods like oils, nuts and seeds.  These are a great source of Vitamin E
Try my HomeGrown Basil Walnut Pesto or Simple Pesto Pizza

-Potassium: (from Self) It aids in muscle contraction and regulates fluid and mineral balance when you sweat.  Top potassium picks include a baked potato (926mg), white beans (502mg per half cup), and tomato sauce (453mg per half cup)
Try my Smash White Bean Avocado Club

-Magnesium: It's essential for energy production and muscle function.  Just three ounces of halibut supplies 91mg. Don't eat fish? Choose a half cup of All-Bran cereal (110mg), cooked spinach (78mg), or black beans (60mg)
Try my Black Bean Burgers or Black Bean Tostadas with Texas Caviar 

Energy-Boosting snack ideas include:
Organic yogurt with natural cereal (not frosted flakes)
Hummus with carrots or snap peas
1/2 banana and apples slices
Almonds or walnuts
Spinach salad with white beans, walnuts and Creamy Chipotle dressing

That's all for now!
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Sharing this healthy post HERE.


Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Great post! I recently published a post about adding herbs to my water for extra flavor. Today, I added lime and double mint! Mmmm... -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

daisy said...

Good to know. I can't imagine being able to drink that much water though!

heidi said...

I've never added basil to water before, I'm going to try it.

Heidi’s Wanderings

Luanne @ 3380 Lady said...

This is a wonderful healthy post. Thanks for sharing! Coming from Mom's MOnday Mingle and followed you on GFC.

Susan@Organized31 said...

Great suggestions. Yogurt and granola are one of my favorite snacks. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

Feral Turtle said...

I thought frosted flakes were natural! LOL Great post. Cheers.

Carol J. Alexander said...

I love mint or lemon in my water. Also a shot of kombucha, too. And hummus is my new favorite breakfast and mid-afternoon snack! Thanks for sharing with us at the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week:

April Tuell said...

You posted some great tips. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Enjoy the rest of your week, and hope to see you at the party again soon.


Kerry Fountain said...

I cannot wait until our cucumber plants start producing so I can make cucumber water. I always thought it sounded kind of yucky but I tried it this winter and absolutely loved it!

Thanks for sharing on our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

M J Wilson said...

I read this yesterday and thought that I should let you know that the amount of water you are drinking is actually 1/2 a gallon (64 oz).

Natasha In Oz said...

Thanks for the reminder to go and drink more water!

Thanks also for sharing at the Say G'day Saturday linky party. This week's link up has just started so I hope you can stop by and say g'day!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
Natasha in Oz

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

My basil crop is needing a trim, so I'm trying the herb water today! Thanks for a great tip, and thanks for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. The new link is up now, please join in again!
Cheers, Andrea

Backyard Chicken Lady said...

I drink Water, and lots of it! I gave up soda's (after 30 years of daily use) on March 9th last year and happily discovered I don't need energy boosts now because I don't run down like I use to when I was drinking soda's. I feel so much better now 15 months later.

I am going to do some experimenting with adding herbs to my water, currently I love fresh mint added, but haven't tried other things...yet.