Some days, especially like today when I’m recovering from a cold, I have less energy. On these days it’s most important to eat well and eat enough to fuel my body. When I get ill and tired I still tend to eat well, but not the same variety that keeps me feeling my best.
One of my favourite snacks is simply cutting up some broccoli and carrots and frying them in olive oil. This gives me the healthy fats I need and both fibre, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to good health. For flavouring, because I’m Canadian, I put maple syrup drizzled overtop. Maple syrup adds sweetness and also gives me minerals and nutrition, instead of the empty calories of sugar.
My favourite fat sources are olive and coconut oils. I also love almond butter. That can be enjoyed in both baking and sandwiches, giving me a boost of nutrients and energy without spiking my blood sugar. Other favourites are avocados. Who doesn’t love guacamole?
Mandarin oranges are a great snack for me, especially paired with other fruits. I also like nuts and goat cheese for a protein boost. I don’t digest cow dairy well, but goat and I get along just fine. There are even local goat dairies that produce some fabulous cheeses for us to enjoy.
On days like today, where I feel like I’m dragging my backside and having trouble getting going, eating well can give me the extra pick-me-up I need to thrive, and not just make it through the day. My treats? Dark chocolate with almonds in it. Enough sweetness to satisfy and more nutrients my body can use.
Round out the meals with herbal teas for more benefits. Green teas and berry teas are a favourite. I only tend to drink caffeine in the mornings when I write, and almost always as green tea. Oolong is an occasional treat, but that’s as caffeinated as I get.
Go have a healthy snack, then get writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.