It’s 3 pm, Are You Running Out for a Pick Me Up?

drinkcoffeeWhen I had an office job I fell into the rut of grabbing a muffin, juice and coffee for breakfast. Lunch was either what I brought from home, salad or yogurt & fruit from our cafeteria. I would need more coffee mid morning because I was exhausted. Around 3 I’d be hungry and need a snack or something sweet.

I know that I’m not alone here because the coffee places have lines between 10 – 10:30 and again around 3 – 3:30. Do you feel like your energy tanks around those times too? It is most likely what your eating. A bagel with cream cheese, muffins, cold cereal and energy bars don’t offer up enough real nutrition to keep us energized. Even plain oatmeal, while definitely a better choice, needs some help.

What’s wrong with the salad or the fruit and yogurt? What I was adding to my salad wasn’t enough to keep me full and there wasn’t enough nutrients to keep me energized. The same thing with the yogurt and fruit – I simply wasn’t eating the right things. Fat-free artificially sweetened yogurt is more of a franken-food (food like substance masquerading as food) than something your body recognizes as nutrition.

Simple changes can make a big difference. A full fat plain Greek yogurt has protein and fat to keep you full, add in berries and you have a much more balanced meal. Adding nuts and blueberries to your oatmeal ups the protein, fiber and vitamins which helps keep you full and alert.

Do you want to feel energized and have more pep? I am co-leading a free Energy Boost workshop on May 14, at 7pm. Jason Serapiglia, Owner/Coach of Pique Fitness, and I will teach you which foods and exercise can have the spark back in your day. The class will be held at Pique Fitness and you can register by sending me an email at: janinemchale@empoweredplate.com.