Superfoods to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, and Spirit are needed in my house at the moment. I am fighting Bronchitis while at the same time I am involved in reviewing and improving my goals for the coming year. I like to make a review in the spring and the fall to avoid the New Years rush. I believe that as we age, reviewing our goals and adding or subtracting short-term goals should be addressed twice a year.
As the Candle gets shorter, and it does, we need to make sure that we are still enjoying life and not just wandering through it. Remember the words to the song by Mac Davis? You’ve got to Stop and Smell the Roses, Well when was the last time you did just that.
When You review some of your goals and one goal is rejuvenating the body, mind, and spirit, the method should be smaller, more frequent snacks and meals. This will help keep energy levels on an even keel and regulate your blood sugar levels to avoid spikes and dips. When you choose the right combination of foods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly, even through those slumps later in the day. So dump those high sugar junk foods and reach for the following foods and get that boost you need.
Any fresh fruit, especially with skins or seeds like peaches, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries, is a great source of vitamins and fiber. In the summer you can choose a peach and get plenty of dietary fiber, niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin A, plus high amounts of vitamin C. Niacin is important for providing energy for cell tissue growth. Along with regulating fluid balance, potassium helps maintain the electrical stability of the cells of your heart and nervous system and is important for cell and muscle growth. Vitamin B12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, nerve function, and metabolizing protein and fat. Peaches and blueberries make a great topping for some steel cut oat meal for breakfast or dinner.
Dried Apricots and Almonds combination provides a high amount of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fiber. Both foods are low in cholesterol and sodium, and apricots are a great source of potassium, which is important in regulating your body’s fluid balance. The vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, and reproduction, and helps fight infection.
Raisins are a healthy, low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium snack with significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, copper, and iron, and when mixed with low-fat yogurt, you also get riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin B12, as well as a high amount of calcium, which is needed not only for strong bones and teeth but also plays a key role in the normal functioning of the heart and other muscles.
Baby carrots and sesame sticks are a tasty treat that will provide significant amounts of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper, and fiber. Beta carotene helps protect against diseases like heart disease and some cancers.
Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, for better night vision, and to fight infection and respiratory ailments. Folate, or vitamin B9, is essential to human life, helping to form red blood cells and break down proteins, and playing a key role in cell growth and division.
Homemade, sugar-free Peanut butter on some celery sticks is an excellent source of protein, iron, niacin, and fiber. It is a classic snack, has great staying power, and the celery is stuffed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and is high in fiber. Low-fat string cheese is a good quick source of protein and calcium. They come in easy-to-carry individual servings and you can add a piece of fresh fruit for extra fiber. And remember you can add a few raisins to make “ants of a log”.
Use these Superfoods to Rejuvenate Body, Mind and Spirit and slow down the flame on that candle. It seems to burn much faster as we age if we don’t control it.
So Stop and smell the Roses, and then enjoy some super foods today.
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