Energy boosting foods...... Time to think about YOU!!

Kale and broccoliI bet everyone reading this is flat out running around after your baby, your children, work or how you will manage to cook proper meals for the family. So often you will grab a quick sandwich or realise you haven't even eaten lunch or breakfast that day. So, STOP for one second and think about YOU!! Your kids and baby can not function without you, so you have to give yourself some goodness & nurture yourself. There are a few simple little steps you can try and put into practice to start helping keep you fit and healthy to continue being this amazing woman:

1. Please AVOID skipping breakfast. Your blood sugar levels have dropped over night so you need something to get you going and keep you going & to stop you from picking on rubbish all morning. Fresh fruit & natural yogurt, porridge or eggs are great.

2. For energy try eating broccoli or kale every day whether in a salad, on its own or steamed with your lunch/evening meal.

3. Cook with coconut oil - you need your good fats, they will help you function. Coconut oil can be heated to high temperatures, olive oil can't. Save your good olive oils for your salads.

4. Take a tub of mixed natural nuts with you when you know you will be busy. So full of goodness. Almonds are said to be like coconut oil & support the metabolism. Small amounts of mixed nuts - almonds, cashews, brazils, pecans with some raisins are a great source of vitamins & essential fats - don't be scared to eat them. Just avoid the salted & flavoured nuts!

5. Cook with turmeric as often as you can. It has anti inflammatory & anti oxidant benefits - use black pepper with it to help it work better!

6. Eggs - boil, scramble with a little milk, poach, fry in coconut oil. Anyway you like it, eat a few of them. They are quick and will help fill you up for longer and have lots of nutritional benefits .... especially in the yolk.

7. Garlic - your breath may smell but boy it is worth it! Like turmeric it is an anti inflammatory & can ward off lots of illnesses.

8. Seeds - yep good old little chia seeds, linseeds, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. Add them to porridge, cereal, fruit & yoghurt, salads, stir-fries & even home made bread! You only need a teaspoon of them and will be giving your body such a boost.

9. Ok then there is Quinoa - pronounce Keen Whah!! With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. Doesn't take long to cook & can be used instead of pasta, rice, potatoes or cold as a salad.

These are just a few of the foods you may want to try and add to your cooking, your daily eating habits and are great for you and the family. Most of them are quick and easy to put together or add to cooking, so just give it a go!