You wake up in the morning, cup of coffee, grab an apple and dash out the door. Before you know it, it’s lunch time and all you did was snack on junk all morning.
You order more junk and to keep your energy levels up, you eat more junk. But, the truth is, you can’t increase your energy and productivity levels if you’re neglecting your nutrition. We also all know it’s not easy to get all the nutrients your body needs to function optimally at every meal. So here are a few simple tricks you can add to your routine.
1. Eat superfoods at breakfast to increase nutrient intake
Breakfast doesn’t have to be about cereal or toast. You can start your day off by tucking into a superfood-rich smoothie that’s loaded with foods like leafy greens, berries and chia seeds.
2. Top things off with nuts and seeds
You can easily sprinkle seeds and nuts onto cereal, salad or smoothies. This is a great way to boost the nutrient density of a meal. My favorite options are almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.
3. Fill up on fibre
As soon as you start eating more fruits and veggies, you’ll be naturally adding more fibre to your diet. Therefore, don’t be fooled into eating all sorts of whole grains to ensure you’re getting your daily fibre fix! You can also increase your fibre intake by adding superfoods like nuts, beans and seeds to your meals.
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4. Snack on vegetables
Most of us don’t eat as many vegetables as we should. So, I try and make them your go-to snack. I especially love celery sticks almond butter. They fill me up and give me that energy boost I need in the afternoons.
5. Add protein to each meal
When you eat protein at each meal, you help your body maintain stable blood sugar levels. You can try healthy options such as fish, lean meat and eggs. If you’re vegetarian, opt for lentils and beans.
6. Ensure each meal is colourful
I remember my mom telling me to eat all the colours of the rainbow when you were little. Well, it’s time to bring that practice back! And not only on Sundays. Try to fill your plate with lots of different coloured fruits and vegetables at every meal.