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Our esteemed Workspring colleague and thought partner, Erica Ellis, shares her insights on different types of Energy Foods and snacks to help make meetings and work time more productive. Erica also runs a fashion blog called, Sequins Are A Girl’s Best Friend.
Raw almonds are nutrient dense, and soaking them unlocks higher nutrition potential. Soaking increases vitamin levels and removes the enzyme inhibitors that slow down digestion. I soak my almonds in water overnight (at least eight hours) and then dehydrate them. When a craving strikes in between meals, we serve our guests almonds to boost energy and fuel their hunger. Loaded with vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, protein and healthy fats, Almonds prove that ‘the best things in life come in small packages.’
Caffeine from green tea feels steadier and less jittery than the spike and crash with caffeine from coffee. This is likely because green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea that helps promote relaxation. There are dozens of reasons why Green Tea is considered by some as ‘the healthiest beverage on the planet.’ It can boost metabolism, reduce risk of cancer, and even help to improve productivity, brain function and make you smarter. So, the next time you need a caffeine boost, reach for the green tea over your afternoon double-shot-caramel-latte-
Virgin organic coconut oil is one of my favorite fats to consume. Coconut oil is made of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are digested in the body like a carbohydrate; effortlessly converted by the liver into energy. I use coconut oil when cooking or combine it with dates for mid-workout fuel. Coconut Oil is one of very few foods to be considered a ‘superfood,’ containing essential fatty acids that have extreme positive effects on health. Replace vegetable oil with coconut oil the next time you’re cooking, smooth it on your hands to increase circulation and avoid dry skin, or add a tablespoon to your morning smoothie for an extra energy boost.
All Dark, Leafy Greens
Kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach and more are an energizing addition to your meals. All dark, leafy greens are high in nutrients, rich sources of chlorophyll and low in calories. I make salads out of greens several times a day and always start my morning with a plant-based smoothie that includes at least one cup of greens. Dark, leafy greens are making their way into our diets in the trendiest way. They may seem intimidating at first, but can easily be incorporated into your every day favorites. Think kale chips for an afternoon snack, a peppery flatbread topped with arugula for a quick lunch, and even a spinach-spiked berry smoothie for a sweet treat. These greens are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and help support bone health and regulate blood sugar. What more could you ask for?
Although most fruit is high-glycemic when compared with a low-glycemic food (like nuts or seeds), they can keep your energy levels consistent. Berries are the lowest-glycemic fruits and can be eaten alone without a negative effect on your energy. Fresh, seasonal fruit is an essential part of our offering at Workspring. A staple on our breakfast and lunch spreads, fruit is in abundance and always available for our guests as it provides a wealth of vitamins and minerals to help you feel healthy an energized throughout the day. Next time you visit us, stop by our fruit bowl for a tasty, juicy tangerine or crisp, Granny Smith apple.
If you have questions or comments on healthier options for snacks, meals, or beverages, we’d love to hear from you. You can email Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org.