Thank you so much to all of you who reached out to support me after my last post. I felt like it was time to be more open and honest about myself and I am very thankful to have friends who care.
As I mentioned, I have been making an effort to add more healthy calories into my diet, so I thought I would share some new nutritious foods I have been experimenting with recently.
Chia Seeds. These things are packed with nutrients like healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. I learned that if you soak them in water for about an hour, they get gummy and become a perfectly textured topping for a yogurt mess treat like this one...
That is vanilla Greek yogurt with peanut butter, a mashed up homemade blueberry muffin and a teaspoon of chia seeds.
Side note, I may have discovered my favorite healthy fat of them all. Justin's Maple Almond Butter. I have been grabbing spoonfuls all day (I am home today - snow day!).
Next I am straying from the snack topic and want to mention my new way of adding calories to my morning oats that I eat when I get to the office. I did an "Ass and Abs" class at the gym, so it was necessary to add some extra protein into my morning post-workout meal. Slivered almonds really did the trick. I mixed them in before I could get a pic - sigh.
Here is another fun one. I have noticed that artificial sweeteners make me bloated, which I translate into my tummy saying "please give me real sugar." So I translate that into one thing...
Dark chocolate. A friend bought me this bag as a birthday treat and I need to publicly thank her immensely. Dark chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains flavenoids, which may help to lower blood pressure, decrease low-density
lipoprotein cholesterol, lower blood clot risk, improve cognitive
performance and improve mood. I can definitely attest to the mood boost after popping one (or two) of these bad boys :)
Six months ago, these additions to my snacks and meals would have caused me a lot of anxiety. Because I was so focused on consuming as few calories as possible and would often agonize over small nutritious additions to my set meals.
But I think my body has been mad at me for depriving it of the nutrients it needs...sorry body! Please forgive me! I know these are baby steps, but they are steps none-the-less.
Now back to the snow day...
Anyone else have ideas for adding healthy fats and nutrient-rich calories to your everyday go-to snacks and meals? I need more ideas!