6 Nourishing Foods To Add To Your Back To School/Work Routine
If you are preparing to go back to school (or send the kids back to school), heading back to the office, or getting back on your daily routine, it’s very important that you get your health and wellness back on track! One of the easiest, and beneficial ways to do so is by nourishing your body with healthy foods. While the simplicity of summer is great, it’s time to focus on fueling your body properly to help you get through the busy days ahead.
Nourishing foods to add to your diet
The secret to fewer sick days, boosted immunity and improved energy levels is all about eating a balanced diet, full of nutrient-rich foods. By eating foods full of vitamins and nutrients, this will help provide your body with more sustained energy, allowing you to feel great and take on your to-do list for the day. When it comes to your meals, each meal should contain a combo of grains, healthy fat and protein. This balance will help provide your body with more energy (better than any cup of coffee!). The same idea is applied when it comes to snacks, too. Always look for snacks made with real, organic ingredients (when packaged) and prioritize fresh fruits and veggies. Here are a few of our favorite foods that help nourish the body:
Well, of course this is at the top of our list! Bone broth is an excellent snack, as it is made with real, organic ingredients. Each cup of broth is rich in collagen, high in protein and low in carbs and fat. Additionally, there is no salt, sugar or preservatives added, making it a healthy choice. The benefits of bone broth are endless - from glowing skin, improved digestion, boosted immunity and a clearer head. You can’t ask for a better, more delicious and nutritious snack.
Do not be afraid of grains; they actually are an excellent food source to help nourish your body. You should always prioritize eating whole grains over refined grains, as whole grains are minimally processed and much more nutritious. Not only do whole grains help nourish the body and provide long-lasting energy, they also may help lower the risk of diseases, diabetes and certain cancers. Some whole grains that we love include quinoa, brown rice and oats.
Looking for a nutritious recipe, made with whole grains? Try our Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Bowl Recipe.
A diet rich in fresh fruits is always a good idea. Fresh fruits tend to contain a high amount of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Potassium and Folate, which help keep immunity strong. Fruits are also an excellent source of fiber, which has many health benefits. When it comes to fruits, make it a point to pick seasonal fruits to ensure you are eating fruits that are ripe and full of vitamins.
Just like fruits, fresh vegetables are equally vital to any diet. Fresh vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, making them an ideal source of nourishment. The antioxidant vitamins (vitamin A, C and E) all have important roles that help bring about healing health benefits and improve overall wellness in the body.
Feeling a bit under the weather? Make yourself a fresh bowl of Healing Chicken Vegetable Soup, made with fresh veggies.
Nuts and nut butters
Nuts are a good source of fat, fiber and protein. While nuts contain fat, most of the fat is monounsaturated fat (aka healthy fats that the body needs!). Nuts also contain vitamins and minerals, like Magnesium and vitamin E. Nut butters are another great option, as they contain a healthy mix of fat and protein. When shopping for nut butters, always go for the brands that use as few ingredients as possible - raw nuts and sea salt is ideal.
Snack ideas: Make your own trail mix with a small mixture of raw nuts and add a few pieces of fruit, or add a scoop of peanut butter to a large celery stick.
Protein is vital, as it is the building block of creating energy in the body. Protein is essential for growth and repair in the body, as well as maintaining good health. Eating protein-rich foods is also critical to fuel your energy and carry oxygen throughout your body. When selecting protein, always go for lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and legumes, anything rich in omega 3s (the “good” type of fat). Milk, yogurt and cheese make great alternatives, too.
Craving nutritious and delicious recipes for you and your family? Browse some of our favorites here.