Rock Your 2014: Add Power Foods

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5 foods to incorporate into your everyday to keep your energy skyrocketing, skin glowing and health goals a priority. The more you eat well, the more you want to eat well. Add these in for the next 5 days and you will se what I’m talking about. It’s that easy. 

1. Pumpkin seeds: loaded in protein, essential fatty acids and minerals like silica and zinc that our cells thrive on.
How: Sprinkle on salads for a nutty crunch factor, yogurt, as a garnish on finished meals for an unexpected pop, use pumpkin seed butter instead of typical peanut butter, or pop them on their own into your mouth.

2. Avocado: Packed with vitamins, folate and minerals theses creamy goodies are also a major source of healthy fats that our bodies need. They keep us satiated, skin hydrated and supple and energy levels up.
How: Use as spread on sandwiches, make guacamole as a dip for veggies, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spoon into mouth, mix with raw cacao powder and maple syrup for a yummy creamy treat.

3. Green leafy veggies: Super food favs like kale, spinach, and collards are loaded in vitamins and minerals like calcium and zinc and even protein. Any leafy will do. But remember, the darker the better. Keep sugar craving at bay. The more greens you eat the less sweet you need. You say no way, trust me and try it. Greens help fight fatigue and also strengthen immune system.
How: How not! Stuff in sandwiches, eat lots of salads, in omelettes, as wrap/roll up instead of tortilla or wheat wrap, make crisp kale chips, throw in smoothies. Add to anything and everything.

4.  Berries/ Apple/Pears: These fruits are loaded in fiber and will keep you full longer. They are also lower on the glycemic index meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar levels. Instead they will supply even and integrated energy keeping you energetic and hopefully excited all day long.
How: On their own, apple and almond butter are the perfect 4pm pick-me-up, on top of cereal or yogurts, mixed into hot cereal or baking.
5. Gluten-free grains like millet, oats or quinoa: Again loaded in essential vitamins (especially the stress helping Bs) and minerals, these grains are the good carbs that keep energy levels up all day. No sugar crash here. Eat as breakfast or lunch to keep you fueled all day long. Try to eat less in the evening as they may make you full or bloated interfering with your much needed beauty sleep.
How: Make quinoa salads a staple. Love these quinoa recipes. Sneak in all sorts of veggies. Use quinoa flour in baking and pancakes; throw quinoa in soups in place of pasta; boil a banana and shredded coconut before adding oats for a hearty yet energized breakfast.