How is everyone doing on their New Years transformations? Eating clean? Working out on a regular basis? January is coming to an end and whether you have been going on strong or have had a couple slip ups here and there, don’t stress! Keep the good momentum going by fueling your body with the whole foods it needs.
If you are that person who feels as though you have been slipping up on your diet or decided to skip out on workout or two…guess what? It’s ok! Nutrition is all about balance and it is ok to eat a burrito every now and again. As long as you are able to jump right back into your routine.
I want to make staying on track easier for you by recommending 8 killer foods that will keep you on the right track! You can easily incorporate these throughout your day. They will give you that boost of energy you need and keep you fuller longer to eliminate unwanted snacking and cravings to help you stay on track. These foods are full of fiber, protein, and fat. All of which are essential in aiding on the bodies ability to rebuild cellular structures and aid in the digestion and absorption of key vitamins and minerals.
Eggs are a great source of protein and you can eat anytime of time of the day. Try some scrambled in the morning with mixed veggies and/or hard boiled eggs for your snack in between meals.
Almonds are full of monounsaturated fat and loaded with fiber. You can eat a very small amount and feel satisfied. Bring a handful in a tupperware with you to snack on throughout the day and add to your favorite salads.
Kale is a nutrient packed green full of fiber and vitamins, A, K, and C! This crunchy fibrous green is great to add to your smoothies and mix in with your salads.
Avocados not only taste amazing but are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fats. Similar to almonds a very small amount goes a long way due to the fat and fiber content.
Legumes such as beans, lentils, and chickpeas all have ample amount of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and fat. This combination can help stable blood sugar which in return gives us that satisfied feeling.
Salmon is a rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is lean protein. Although salmon is a lean protein, due to its fatty acid content it takes longer for our bodies to digest and helps us stay fuller longer.
Raspberries are a great source of fiber and manganese. Manganese is an enzyme that helps us metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Add them to your smoothies or mash together with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and honey to make a great salad dressing.
Along with its benefits for our hair, skin, and immune system. Coconut oil promotes nutrient absorption, increases metabolism, and controls blood sugar levels to help with insulin secretion. Being that coconut oil is a “saturated fat” it has antimicrobial properties and helps in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. Use it as oil for cooking or add a tablespoon into your smoothies.
Ave Lucia is our true ray of shining light. She is responsible for running our amazing front desk team at NAKOA Fitness and Physical Therapy and leads our nutrition program. Even with all of that, she is still somehow able to infuse an element of her shining, happy, infectious positivity into everyone and everything she touches. Her smile alone could melt you in two seconds and the genuine love and care that she shows every person that walks through the doors makes it impossible not feel happy every time you see her.
She goes above and beyond in everything that she does and is beyond dedicated to making sure that people have the best possible experience imaginable when they walk through our doors.