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10 Energy- Boosting Foods Every Parent Needs to Know

10 Energy Boosting Foods Every Parent Needs to KnowAs a busy parent, you know what it’s like to “hit the wall” and get left feeling wiped out and even a bit “hangry” (where hungry meets angry) at times!

It’s bound to happen when you’re running around attending to all your responsibilities.

But this is a critical time to make the right choice so you don’t jeopardize your fitness.

When that mid-afternoon slump hits, don’t head for the vending machine.

While those rows of chocolaty goodness might seem like a surefire way to get some energy back, there are much better options available.

Here are 10 fantastic natural foods that will give you lots of energy for the long haul.

1. Bananas

Bananas will satisfy your sugar craving. They’re filled with it, but they also provide you with fiber for energy that lasts even longer.

Bananas are an easy snack to bring along with you, or you can have them with cereal.

2. Almonds

Almonds are another convenient snack to keep around. The boost they give you comes from the protein, copper, manganese and riboflavin they contain, which help your body produce and maintain energy.

3. Eggs

Eggs give your body an enormous supply of protein in one sitting, which is great for your energy levels. Hard-boiled eggs make good snacks, or you can fry or scramble a couple for breakfast.

4. Spinach

Spinach provides you with plenty of iron, which your body needs to make energy.

You don’t have to eat it straight out of the can Popeye-style. Instead, have a salad with spinach for lunch or dinner.

5. Brown Rice

Brown rice is filled with energy-producing manganese, which should keep you going for a good part of the day. Pair it with protein, such as chicken, for an added power boost.

6. Apples

Apples make great snacks that give you some much needed energy thanks to the fiber they contain. Fiber takes a while to travel through your digestive tract, so you’ll enjoy a solid energy boost for a long time.

7. Salmon

Salmon is packed with healthy fatty acids, protein, riboflavin and vitamin B6, which translates into a big supply of energy for you.

Enjoy some grilled salmon for dinner or a salad with salmon for lunch.

8. Edamame

Edamame could quite possibly be the perfect food to eat when you need some energy. It has an ideal blend of fiber, healthy fats, protein and complex carbs for energy that will keep you going and going.

9. Whole Grain Cereal

Skip the sugary cereals and enjoy a bowl of whole grain cereal instead. Whole grain cereals have fiber, protein and complex carbs. Stick to ones that are fortified with iron for even more energy.

10. Yogurt

Yogurt works as an afternoon snack or a breakfast-on-the-go when you need more energy due to the energy-producing magnesium it contains.

The author Sandy Getzky is an associate editor at ProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments like stretch marks and toenail fungus.

7 Reasons to Get Sexy and Be a Fit Couple

Couple Workouts

You’re married. You may or may not have kids. Plus you work, have activities you attend, act as a part-time taxi driver and you’re pursuing your passion.

You are BUSY. And that is an understatement.

So, why would you of all people want to have an emphasis on exercise in your already hectic life?

Because it impacts you personally and can have a profound impact on those around you.

7 Reasons to Get Sexy and Be a Fit Couple

1. Fitness Improves Your Mood

Have you ever had a discussion morph into something more with your spouse for what seemed like no apparent reason? Maybe one of you was just in a rotten mood to start with and things spiraled out of control from there.

Physical fitness stimulates chemicals in your brain that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be looking good and feeling more self-confident (and perhaps a bit less defensive).

2. Fitness Combats Chronic Diseases

This is about your heartbeat and well beyond it. If you stick to an exercise ritual, you will reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a host of other major diseases.

There are no guarantees, but hopefully you’ll be around longer, enjoy lower health insurance and other costs, and enjoy a higher quality of life with your spouse. Heck, maybe you’ll even compete in an event together and cross the finish line hand-in-hand.

3. Fitness Helps You Manage Your Weight

This isn’t about being a magazine model, but you feeling awesome in your own body. The key is that you feel attractive and in return have the self-confident with whatever you are wearing. This will have a huge impact on your marriage and your sex life…especially when no clothes are on and the lights are on.

It’s pretty simple: when you engage in physical fitness, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep your weight under control.

4. Fitness Boosts Your Energy Level

When you are physically fit you will experience a level of energy that you will sustain during the day. There will be no need for artificial stimulants to help you get through the day.

With the need for more energy! The good news is that your cardiovascular efficiency and your overall energy levels will improve with regular fitness.

Here’s to late night bonding (and “quality time”)!

5. Fitness Promotes Better Sleep

There are times when “disagreements” in your marriage may stem from a lack of sleep. With all of the demands that we mentioned above, sleep is the easiest thing to give up.

We know as we have been there ourselves over the years.

Your sleep schedule is vital to being a fit couple. You both need to have quality sleep during the precious time that you devote to rejuvenation. Regular physical fitness can help you fall asleep faster and allow for a deeper night of sleep.

Good sleep then helps with #1 above.

6. Fitness can put the Spark Back in Your Sex Life

Okay, so we need to provide some facts here to clarify how this correlation occurs (although all you really need to know is that fitness improves time in the sack).

Not only does physical fitness leave you feeling energized and looking better, but it can actually lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men with regular fitness routines are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise (especially as they get older).

7. Fitness can be Fun!

We enjoy at-home workouts that are intense as the results they provide us are awesome. You don’t have to be as intense and overt with your fitness routine as we are.

Whatever the activity you choose have fun with it. Also, get your whole family involved with fitness. Plan a neighborhood kickball or toss the football around. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, and go for it. If you get bored, try something new. If you’re moving, it’s exercise!

There you have it – seven very sexy reasons your marriage needs physical fitness.

Fitness Gift Ideas for Your Other Half This Christmas

Fitness Christmas Gifts for Couples

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5 Ways to Get Fit & Healthy In 30-Minutes or Less

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Do These Core Workouts to Enhance Your Sex Life

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The Ultimate Set of Healthy Living Resources

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How a Workout Can Strengthen Your Marriage

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Join the 30-Day Plank Challenge!

We have a great group beginning a 30-day plank challenge today, and we hope you’ll join us.   It’s pretty simple – just assume the position shown in the photo and hold it for the time specified each day.  If you haven’t “planked” before, you’re in for a real treat – it’s a challenge for […]

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Eat Real Food That Will Strengthen You and Your Family

Would you rather eat a bland frozen TV dinner or eat fresh grilled chicken seasoned with your favorite spices, sauteed veggies, and finish it up with a bowl of fruit? If you are thinking that the latter one takes to much time and effort we’re here to let you know that it doesn’t. Introducing more […]

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