Pull yourself out of that daily slump by following these energy-boosting diet tips for busy moms.
I have some pretty cool news to share today my friends! I was recently featured in Family Circle magazine in partnership with Nature’s Way® Alive!® Multi-Vitamins to talk about something I think all parents need a little more of: ENERGY! Are you awake yet?! Yep, I’m talking energy, food, and what our bodies need to keep on keeping on in any stage of parenting. This issue couldn’t have come at a better time as many of us are wondering how we’ll get through the holiday season, shorter daylight, and colder weather. Along with taking a daily multi-vitamin, there are a few tricks I have up my sleeve when it comes to eating for energy. Or shall I say, foods to eat for energy.
Eat regularly. If you have small children at home then this shouldn’t be an issue for you, unless you are just eating their scraps! More frequent meals and snacks [about every 2-3 hours] means that your metabolism will stay revved up throughout the day and your blood sugar levels will stay steady.
Make snacks count. You KNOW my kids love to snack. So that means Mom is snacking alongside them too! Snacks should have protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates to provide lasting energy. Here’s a comprehensive list of our favorites [be sure to download your copy!].
Rethink your drink. Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, but will likely cause an energy crash. Quench your thirst with water [fruit-flavored is my favorite], fat-free or low-fat milk, low-calorie flavored water or unsweetened tea. Now I’m not saying caffeine is off-limits. Caffeine steps up the body’s metabolism, temporarily improving mental focus and energy. Frequent mini-servings will keep you alert and focused longer than one large dose.
Eat breakfast! I need to take my own advice here… and for good reason! Studies show that people who eat breakfast every morning have sustained energy throughout the day. The best breakfast includes one that doesn’t take long to make and include a mix of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Chocolate overnight oats, anyone?! This is my go-to breakfast right now!
Feeling ready to take on the day now? Me too! Just let me grab my cup of coffee…
The November issue comes out today- so be sure to snag your copy of Family Circle and see how Nature’s Way® Alive!® Multi-Vitamins can act as nutrition-insurance when it comes to getting more energy throughout your day.
Disclosure: A big thank you to Family Circle and Nature’s Way® Alive!® Multi-Vitamins for this opportunity. I am proud to partner with these brands to bring you nutrition tips and healthy recipes that are both kid tested and parent approved. As always all opinion and ideas are 100% my own.