It’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! The food we eat impacts our energy levels and fitness. Today on CBS WSPA, Your Carolina, I shared some delicious options that are also very convenient.
Carbohydrates give us energy and that includes not only our breads and pastas but our fruits and vegetables! I shared some fun ways to enjoy them including apple chips, kale chips and sweet potato fries. What’s great about the ones I shared is that I didn’t add an oil. Instead I used the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven, to get them nice and crispy like fried food but without all the added fat.
Paleovalley grass-fed beef sticks and pasture raised turkey sticks: Protein is important for building and repairing muscles. These are made with organic spices and have been preserved through natural fermentation so they don’t have any added nitrates or nitrites that are found in a lot of processed meats – which we want to avoid. They come in great flavors like summer sausage and jalapeño. Pair them with carrots, an apple or whole grains crackers to build a balanced, energizing snack.
Safe Catch Low Mercury Canned Tuna and Salmon: canned fish is another easy, high quality protein source. I love the brand Safe Catch because they have the lowest mercury levels of any canned fish on the market and they don’t add any oil or fillers. An easy protein source to add to whole grain bread sandwiches or pair with veggies!
NuGo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars: A protein-rich snack that tastes like dessert! These are high in protein with only 3 grams of sugar and no artificial sweeteners. They’re covered in real dark chocolate made with cocoa butter versus vegetable oils often used in dark chocolate bars.
Finally, I shared my 5-ingredient energy bites made with Naturally More’s new powdered peanut butter, which is high in protein like conventional peanut butter but lower in fat. I like Naturally More because they also add probiotics to their nut butter products, which are those beneficial bacteria that support digestion and the immune system. Add the following ingredients to large mixing bowl, combine until uniform and divide into balls: 3/4 cup Naturally More Powdered Peanut Butter, 3 tbsp honey, 1 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp cinnamon.