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5 Energy Boosting Foods

Every day we make dozens of choices when it comes to how to fuel our body. We can choose to consume foods that have energy boosting powers or we can choose to eat processed foods that cause our energy to plummet and crash. While there’s no such thing as “super foods” (outside of the marketing world) there are definitely foods that deliver a big punch when it comes to nutrients and minerals. Let’s explore some foods that you can add to your diet to help boost your energy so you can thrive throughout your day! Eggs According to a 2009 study in Nutrition Today, eggs provide a sustainable source of energy that can benefit endurance athletes, and help with weight control. One egg provides 6 grams of protein and is rich in nutrients including: B vitamins, folate, and thiamin. They also provide 9 essential amino acids that aid in the delivery of glycogen to muscles. The doctors in the Nutrition Today study emphasized the importance of eating eggs in the morning to help with satiety …

5 Trainer Tips for Workout Motivation

Find Your Perfect Fitness Fit Begin the search for a fitness program that you can stick with for the long game. Consistency truly is one of the most important elements of success. Take the time to discover your fitness personality, so that you’re more likely to stick with your chosen activity. Are you someone who thrives in communities and enjoys the social element of working out in groups? Then sign up for a fitness class at a studio. Are you short on time and funds, but also self motivated? Make the initial investment in creating a home workout environment. Choose an online workout class that you can stream for your computer and start lifting. Or maybe you need extra motivation and accountability from a personal trainer. Having a weekly appointment that you’re less likely to break with a trainer could be just what you need to stay committed to your healthy habit. Having a Why is Good but Having a How is Better Get clear and write down 3 reasons why getting fit is important …

Empanadas-The Flavors of Family

On New Year’s Eve I taught Grace how to make the empanadas my Puerto Rican abuela used to make for me.  This is a special treat that takes a lot of time, love, and patience.  Grace likes to help me in the kitchen, so I thought the time had arrived for her to learn one of my favorite family recipes. Dishes that remind us of our loved ones are like a thread that ties the generations together.  The aromas and flavors of family dishes evoke childhood memories filled with the same love and “sabor” that they were made with.  I have many memories of my abuela in the kitchen preparing a buffet of Spanish food:arroz con gondules (Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas), sorullos (deep fried corn sticks), platanos maduros (sweet plantains). She made everything with love and would sit back and smile when she would see everyone savoring her food. I remember her hands always smelled of Spanish herbs and garlic when she hugged me or rubbed my head, and there was such a …