Why Focus On Power Foods

Easy Treats to Keep You Healthy

Power Foods

There is a lot of information on the Internet about “Power Foods”.  I wanted to give you a list of those foods I use and have helped me.  I have a sluggish thyroid and what I eat makes a difference in all aspects of my life.

These suggestions are easy, fast and inexpensive.  You can make up packets ahead of time and throw them in your purse or car for a healthy alternative for a sweet craving or snack.  Some are good for breakfast too!

You don’t have to have an immune disease to eat well.  You should, however know you can add just one or two items to your menu each day to get and stay healthy.

1. Oatmeal

This gem provides energy (skip the Red Bull) that is steady and won’t make you crash by 10am and hit the vending machines.  Build up the Plain Jane with different toppings to give it variety.

Suggested toppings:

  • Sliced ½ apple, Tablespoon Chia or Hemp seeds and Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • Teaspoon each chocolate chips, peanut butter, raisins, banana, and coconut
  • Sliced strawberries, pomegranate seeds, and a slight drizzle of maple syrup
  • Mixed berries, kiwi slices and shredded coconut
  • Coconut, dates, banana, honey, cinnamon

2. Raisins
Another energy provider.  You can eat these as a snack or cook in your oatmeal!

3. Bananas
Energy providing and balances electrolytes.  Great for adding to vegetable smoothies.

4. Ginger
This is a great pain reliever.  It is known to reduce muscle pain and fight nausea.  Easy to cook with too.  Add to vegetables while cooking or a stir fry.

5. Tart Cherries
Non-sugar fresh or frozen pitted cherries are known to make recovery from stomach illness or muscle aches faster.

6. Turmeric
This spice is a great substitute for ibuprofen.  It takes down inflammation in joints if taken on a regular basis

7. Eggs
These little protein bundles provide ammino acid which will help if you have a sports injury and muscles need repair.

8. Whey Protein
This is great in smoothies.  I add a scoop to my morning vegetable smoothie and ½ scoop for a late snack.  Having a protein 2-3 hours before bed is good for sleeping.

9. Salmon
As long as the salmon is not farm-raised, this protein helps strengthen muscles

10. Nuts and Seeds
This little nuggets are a great pick-me-up snack in the afternoon.  Just 10 almonds, walnuts or pistachios will curb hunger and spike your metabolism.  You only need a few.  Too many would add too much fat to your day.
Adding these to your daily food intake will help you in many aspects of your health. You don’t need to incorporate all of these, but just try a few and see how much better you feel!

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