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Energy Foods – To help you fix that mid day slump

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Lets face it, you know the feeling, you are at work and you look at the clock and it says “2:00pm” and you have this overwhelming feeling of just plopping your head down on your desk and taking a nap.  Don’t you just miss those days in pre-school when it was nap time?!

Well have no fear, I am helping you out with a few afternoon fixes to help perk you up and not crash an hour later like you would with coffee or chocolate.

Citrus 

Loaded with vitamin C – which your body needs to make a compound called carnitine.  “Carnitine shuttles fat into the muscles where it can be used for energy.  And when you use fat for fuel, you can exercise for longer periods of time without feeling fatigued.” – Delicious Living Magazine

I always use lemon juice as a dressing on top of steamed veggies or salads along with some fresh black pepper.  It gives your veggies a nice subtle accent without drowning out the taste of the delicious veggie.

Oatmeal 

Loaded with stress-reducing B vitamins and soluble fiber, this whole grain offers more sustained energy than the refined grains in cold cereal or refined-flour toast.

Oatmeal breaks down into the type of energy you actually can use in your body.  So if you don’t need carbohydrates for energy right away, your body will store up to 400 calories of the excess in the liver as glycogen, a molecule that acts like an energy reserve.” – Delicious Living Magazine.

For breakfast have 1/2 cup of whole rolled oats (not instant) and top with cinnamon, hemp milk or almond milk, and fresh fruit.  Or have for lunch as a savory meal.  Cook with your choice of non dairy milk, nutritional yeast, himalayan sea salt, and mix in vegetables of choice.  (I’ll post a recipe soon).

Tea 

Sipping caffeinated tea throughout the day can help you think more clearly.  It can also stave off age-related dementia.  When paired with caffeine, L-theanine in tea increases altertness, reaction time, and memory.

Sip oolong, white, green or black tea throughout the day.  They have some delicious flavored green teas for those of you who can’t quite take the taste of green tea!  You can also add in some vanilla flavored nut milk to your tea for an extra tasty tea latte!


I found this awesome looking recipe in Delicious Living Magazine, where I found that great article I just summed up for you 🙂

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate  (serves 2)

6 Tbsp Dutch-process cocoa

1/4 cup agave nectar (I would use brown rice syrup though)

2 Tbsp loose leaf Earl Grey Tea

2 Cups boiling water

1-2 drops pure orange oil (optional)

Directions: Place cocoa and agave (or brown rice syrup) in a heat proof pitcher.

Place tea in a second pitcher or bowl and pour 2 cups boiling water over it.

Steep for a bout 3 minutes.

Strain over cocoa and agave (or brown rice syrup) and add orange oil (if using)

Whisk until slightly frothy.

Pour into two cups and enjoy!!

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About Erin Brown

I am vivacious, full of spirit and drive and like to dip my toes into everything to at the very least be able to say "I've done that". I live my life to the fullest and have a major passion for health, fitness and nutrition as well as helping others to achieve their goals in health. So read on to get your health fix!

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