Let’s face it – the season to indulge really starts on Halloween, am I right? With all the chocolate, candy and baked goods popping up on what seems like every desk, plate and table, it can be hard to resist the temptation of pure sugar at this time of year. One way to help stave off indulging in all those sugar cravings is to keep your taste buds and tummy satisfied with delicious food and treats. Keep the good stuff nearby and just as accessible as the candy, and you can even schedule a fun family project to make a yummy but not refined-sugar-laden treat together!
With the cold weather and start-of-the-year projects keeping us on our feet, we need energy from as many sources as we can get. Our daily energy levels depend on so many things—sleep, stress, hydration, emotions, our environment, and of course our food. Rather than defaulting to caffeine, sugar or energy drinks, which all have their own negative health effects and can lead to an energy crash, try optimizing your energy in a sustainable way with what you eat.
A diet that supports immune function, combats inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar is optimal for supporting energy levels. At The Tasteful Pantry we believe that eating healthy snacks at regular intervals throughout the day can provide sustained energy boosts between meals. As you may imagine, highly processed and sugary foods contribute to inflammation and energy rollercoasters, so stay away from those. Here are some specific suggestions on foods to include in your diet to boost your energy.