When the goal is rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit, the method should be to eat smaller, more frequent snacks and meals. This will help keep our energy level on an even keel, and regulate your blood sugar level to avoid spikes and dips/ups and highs?. When you choose the right combination of foods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly, even through those slumps later in the day. So dump those high sugar junk foods and reach for the following foods and get that boost you need.
Any fresh fruit, especially with skins or seeds like peaches, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries, is a great source of vitamins and fibres. In the summer, you can choose a peach and get plenty of dietary fibres, niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, beta carotene and vitamin A, as well as high amounts of vitamin C. Niacin is important for providing energy for cell tissue’s growth. Along with regulating fluid balance, potassium helps maintain the electrical stability of your heart and nervous system’s cells, and is important for muscle growth. Vitamin B12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, nerve function, and metabolizing protein and fat.
Dried apricots and almonds combination provides a high amount of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fibre. Both foods are low in cholesterol and sodium, and apricots are a great source of potassium, which is important in regulating your body’s fluid balance. The vitamin A contained in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, reproduction, and helps fight infection.
Raisins are a healthy, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium snack with significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, copper, and iron, and when mixed with low-fat yogurt, you also get riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin B12, as well as a high amount of calcium, which is needed not only for strong bones and teeth but also plays a key role in the normal functioning of the heart and other muscles.
Baby carrots and sesame sticks are a tasty treat that will provide significant amounts of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper, and fibre. Beta carotene helps protect the body against diseases like heart disease and some cancers.
Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, for better night vision, and to fight infection and respiratory ailments. Folate, or vitamin B9, is essential to human life, helping to form red blood cells and break down proteins, and play a key role in cell growth and division.
Peanut butter on some whole grain crackers is an excellent source of protein, iron, niacin, and fibres. Peanut butter on celery is a classic snack, has great staying power, and the celery is stuffed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and is high in fibre. Low-fat string cheese is a good quick source of protein and calcium. They come in easy-to-carry individual servings and you can add a piece of fresh fruit for extra fibre.