Depletion, fatigue, and lack of motivation are three tell-tale signs that your nutrition needs a checkup. Luckily, three nutrients can tackle these feelings: fiber, healthy fats, and protein.
For people with busy lifestyles, I will recommend a healthy treat with all three of these nutrition powerhouses that you can grab on-the-go. You’ll feel like a million bucks in no time.
Fiber. Only 10 percent of Americans are consuming enough fiber every day. Fiber is essential in achieving a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. It aids in weight loss, helps lower cholesterol levels, and keeps your blood sugar levels stable. Unstable blood-sugar levels will destroy your energy.
The American Heart Association eating plan suggests eating 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Great fiber choices include whole grains, nuts and seeds, apples, berries, peas, lentils, and beans.
Healthy Fats. Dietary fat provides you with energy, builds healthy cells, and regulates your hormones. Your brain needs fat to function properly. In fact, the brain is made up of 60 percent fat. Studies have linked lack of dietary fat to depression as well as cognitive decline.
The fats that are super for you are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. My favorite foods that have these types of fats include essentially all nuts; olive oil (in salads and cooking); salmon; tuna; and flaxseed or chia seeds added to my oatmeal or smoothies.
Protein. Protein is considered a major nutrient; it grows, maintains and replaces tissues in your body, like muscles. Protein makes up hemoglobin in the blood, which is what carries oxygen throughout the body. A low hemoglobin level will result in low energy levels. My favorite protein choices are eggs, nuts, seeds, and lean meats like chicken breast and ground turkey.
If you want to pack all three of these nutrients together in a healthy snack, give Setton Farms’ Pistachio + Blueberry Cranberry Infused Chewy Bites a try. These all-natural bite-sized bars are packed with pistachios, antioxidant-rich cranberries, coconut, and a touch of maple brown rice syrup. They are filled with protein, potassium, and fiber and have ample healthy fats as well for that precious brain of yours.
Pistachio Chewy Bites are the answer for those who need a convenient fiber/healthy fat/protein snack in between meals or on the go.
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