In an effort to bump up my energy levels I've been focusing on nutrient dense foods. This isn't much different from what I usually eat, except I am also avoiding the processed stuff. My smoothie cup overflows, and my salad bowl is heaping with greens, grains, beans, veggies, and tempting sauces. I like this kind of food, and I end up feeling better, so it's not that hard to say, "No, thanks!" to the faux cheese, sour cream, and baked goods that I usually partake in. Even though I really do love the gray, dark, overcast weather of the Pacific NW, every year, at least once, my body gets all pouty about the lack of daylight. This is usually when I decide to focus on the foods that make me feel best.
I love adding lightly steamed vegetables to my salads and bowls. Broccoli, kale, and crimini mushrooms were my veggies du jour this time.
I started with a base of mixed salad greens with herbs, a scoop of quinoa, the steamed veggies, sliced green onion, and a tangy tahini tamari sauce.
I didn't get a picture after this, when I coated the whole bowl with nooch. It was wonderful. The sauce was just a tablespoon of tahini, a dash of tamari, and a squeeze of lemon juice mixed together with some water to thin it out. I wasn't really measuring anything as I made it, but the combination was perfectly tart, creamy, and salty.
I'm in the middle of my work week, so it's pretty much work/sleep/work/sleep for the next few days. I was wondering what you do when you start feeling like you're in a slump or low-energy? What works for you? Let me know in the comments. I know we're all different and I like to hear about your experiences.