Energizing Foods

Good evening everyone. I hope you’ve all been enjoying nice weather like we’ve had in PA this weekend! It’s been the perfect spring weather – mid-70s, no humidity, & sunny skies. :-)

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Are any of you major Real Housewives fans like I am? I have been in love with the series since around my senior year of college – 2008!

While I enjoy watching every city, Beverly Hills is probably my favorite. Lisa Vanderpump, one of the Beverly Hills housewives, has a website/newsletter called “Dose of Divine.” You can sign up – for free! – to get little tidbits from Lisa delivered right to your inbox.

I had earmarked one particular Dose of Divine email from a few weeks ago in which the focus was on the “Top 5 Foods for Lasting Energy.” I knew I wanted to share this information on the blog, & what better time than when we’re all gearing up to start another work week? I don’t know about all of you, but I can use as much energy as I can get! (Especially since I’m facing high schoolers in our last few weeks of school!)

Top 5 Foods for Lasting Energy

1. Wild Salmon – Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which is brain & heart-healthy. Courtney Walberg, a registered dietician who consulted with Dose of Divine, suggests having a serving of baked or broiled salmon 2-3 times per week! (I grossly underestimated how much fish I should be eating!)

2. Kale – Did you know that kale was rated #1 vegetable by the Center for Science in Public Interest? Pretty impressive! Also, it’s packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants & vitamin K. I’ve actually never tried kale, but I’ve heard so many people rave about kale chips. It’s definitely on my list of things to make!

3. Edamame or soybeans – Soybeans are high in iron, fiber, calcium, a slew of vitamins, & tons of other good-for-you elements. This is another food that I’ve surprisingly never tried before. I know many people enjoy (lightly) salted edamame, which seems like it would be the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

4. Quinoa – I found out via this email that although many people consider quinoa to be a grain, it’s actually related to spinach & Swiss chard. It’s both high in fiber & gluten free. I used to make quinoa as a side dish quite often, but haven’t in a while. This article reminded me that I need to pick some up & start incorporating it as a healthy side dish.

5. Almonds – Who doesn’t love almonds? I very clearly remember my first time trying raw almonds – junior year of college, if you can believe it! – & not being able to keep my hands out of the jar. They’re so delicious & addicting! Even though almonds are packed with “good” fats, I always try to portion out a single serving so I don’t demolish an entire stash in one sitting!

In addition to all of the energy-boosting foods discussed in this email, I found this article on the Dose of Divine website which shares 5 foods for immediate energy (in case you need even more of an energy boost!).

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Before I sign off for the evening, I had to share with you all my super-exciting grocery store find from this afternoon:

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups !!!

I literally let out a gasp of shock & excitement. I had seen these on a few blogs, but figured it would take a while for them to make it to my local store. I just so happened to be perusing the health food section of my regular ol’ grocery store when these popped out at me. I got both the dark & milk chocolate variety, & I can’t wait to dig in!

What are your favorite energizing foods/snacks?

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26 comments

  1. Alysha @Shesontherun says:

    Those peanut butter cups look so good! I must look for them when I visit my local health food store soon (along with the chia seeds!).

    My favorite energizing snack is an apple with peanut butter. Although I’d hate to admit it, sometimes I reach for sugary snacks when I am hitting a low in the workday. Since I love sweet things, I added some M&M’s to my trail mix (peanuts, raisins and pretzels), another go-to snack.
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I thought the same thing too for the salmon! I think if I ate it that often I’d get sick of it!

  2. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life says:

    I love the Real Housewives! I definitely think orange county is my favorite, but I also watch Bew Jersey and Beverly Hills too. I didn’t care for New York much, but I am interested to see how the new season is with new cast members. I just saw your ‘hot pocket’ recipe by the way, holy yum! Sounds amazing!
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I love OC too! And NJ! I agree with New York. I haven’t been loving it, but I’m interested to see the new season!

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