As the plant-based diet seems to be taking over the world, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to maintain strength and energy with little or no animal products.
I think we are all getting more and more educated about the impact that meat not only has on our environment but the impact it has on our health too. Raising animals for food requires a huge amount of land, energy, food and water, and can cause animal suffering too.
Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gasses then the worlds transportation systems combined.
There are also a truck load of known health benefits when it comes to consuming a more plant rich diet in that you can reduce inflammation in the body, your cholesterol levels will lower, you can increase antioxidants in the body, you can reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes, and you get a greater source of protein.
Plus, it can radically increase your energy, stamina, balance hormones, improve sleep, give you glowing skin better brain power! Not only are plant-based foods filled with the most nutrition (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and bio-available vitamins and minerals, but they are essential in maintaining optimal energy.
If you want to maintain your energy here’s our top 7 foods to include on a regular basis:
1. Hemp seeds They contain omega-3 fats and provide long sustaining energy. I love to put them on salads, in smoothies and on breakfast oats.
2. Chia seeds They’re loaded with fibre and bulk up when soaked. Chia porridge makes the most delicious breakfast. Chia seeds can also be added to green smoothies for amazing pre-workout breakfasts.
3. Kale Kale is a powerhouse green leafy veggie. It’s loaded with magnesium and is alkaline forming. Chopped up in a raw salad or lightly steamed, kale completes any plate.
4. Sea vegetables These vegetables store a wide range of trace minerals and nutrients. In addition, they provide natural sodium to the diet. Nori is one of my fav’s as it gives me mental clarity and focus.
5. Coconut water and coconut oil Coconut water replenishes the body with much-needed electrolytes. When you are working out, this could be your go-to beverage. Coconut oil is loaded with medium chain fats, so it is a quick source of energy and nourishment before and after activity.
6. Quinoa This amazing grain contains all of the essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein. As protein builds muscle, it is important to consume protein to gain strength and stamina.
7. Cacao It is one of nature’s richest sources of magnesium. It gives a natural boost of energy – the perfect reason to eat chocolate for breakfast. Tossed in a smoothie, it adds the perfect kick!