We’ve all heard the saying ‘summer bodies are made in the winter’, but let’s be honest, most of us have been donning dressing gowns post 5pm on weeknights since January. It’s all about spring, the time of year when we suddenly realise we have to get up and do something about the weight we never lost after Christmas. It’s also the time of year when the days become longer and we can postpone our evening of Netflix for an extra hour. It’s time to get work-ready and revive your brain, and we know just the way to do it.
Let’s embrace spring as the time for change… With that in mind, our friends at Savse Smoothies have written the ultimate list of edible essentials to add to your diet this spring. You’ll be back to admiring yourself in no time… mirrors and car windows, and hopefully more than just inanimate objects, won’t know what’s hit them.
Usually jam-packed into a burrito, beans of the black variety will help you feel energised and fuller for longer than almost anything else you can eat. They’re incredibly high in protein, and fibre, which swells in your stomach and promotes a feeling of fullness.
That’s right… meat is most definitely on the menu. Not only is beef high in muscle-building amino acids, it’s also a powerhouse of iron and zinc, which aid circulatory health. And don’t worry about the fat, according to recent data today’s beef is up to 20 percent leaner than it was a decade ago.
Snacking is the bane of all our lives, so it’s a good idea to find something to grab for when you’re feeling slightly peckish and restless. Almonds are high in protein, fibre and vitamin E, and they’re great for your heart, digestive system and skin. You may have heard that nuts are very calorie-dense, however research shows that nuts are such a hard food that a significant amount of their calories are never absorbed into the body. Win win!
Whack a bag of them in your desk drawer at work or blend some almond butter into a smoothie. We’d also highly recommend Meridian Foods Almond Butter which is perfect for when you’re sat at work and looking to procrastinate. Grab a spoon, and don’t share.
Higher in protein that any other grain around, with a hefty dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, quinoa (that’s keen-wah) is a great substitute for those who hate other whole grains.
Smoothies are the perfect way to add extra nutrients to your diet, not only are they two of your five a day, they offer a slow release of natural energy, perfect for when you need that quick healthy boost. Admittedly there talk at the moment surrounding sugar intake after the introduction of the sugar tax, but there are some healthy smoothies out there that are perfect for getting extra nutrients on the go. Savse are a good one to try if you’re always too rushed to use your Nutribullet. Their smoothies aren’t heat pasteurised, are cold-pressed and use high pressure to pack in all of the nutrients and goodness, without having to add extra sugar. And what’s even better is that they taste just like something you’d make in your kitchen at home.
Eggs contain a heavy-hitting 4 grams of pure muscle building amino acids inside every shell… need we say more?
It’s definitely worth loading your plate with these leafy greens right now as they are loaded with fibre, calcium, and virtually your entire day’s recommended dosage of beta carotene, a nutrient vital for immune-system health and good vision. Throw them in an omelette, add them to your home-made smoothie or get an easy fix from Savse’s Super Blue. It’s up to you… the world is your oyster.