Whole Foods Wednesday – Apples

It’s apple season! I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I love apples, and I love that they are so good for me, and so Diabetic-friendly.

I am sure you are seeing your friends and family posting tons of apple pictures on social media, right? Apple picking is my favorite ūüôā

Do you have a favorite kind of apple? Do you have any awesome recipes you would like to share?

Oh, and have you gone apple picking yet?!apples

 

Food Tip Friday – Energy Packed Foods

I know, sometimes that midday crash is inevitable, no matter how rested or well-fed you are. It’s especially prominent in the summer, when the heat and humidity, plus the go-go-go-ness can totally deplete your energy levels.

Luckily, there is no need for an energy drink or to mainline iced coffee… these foods will help naturally restore your energy levels!

  • Melons – 90% of their weight comes from water, so they play a key role in keeping you hydrated, which keeps your energy levels up.
  • Polenta – the feat here is that Polenta is loaded with complex carbs, which¬†are broken down slowly, so they keep your blood sugar on an even keel, providing a sustained energy release that lasts for hours without that dreaded blood sugar spike!
  • Green Tea –¬†¬†Green Tea is rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that makes you feel alert and invigorated without the jitters that some people get from coffee (I personally can’t stand that jittery feeling!)
  • Crab – these red pinchers¬†aren’t¬†just a tasty source of superlean protein, they are¬†also packed with vitamin B12, which balances your mood and fights fatigue. B12 also keeps red blood cells healthy so they can ferry oxygen to our brains, helping us think clearly and stay energized!
  • Brown Rice – Packed with complex carbs, brown rice¬†is also a great source of Magnesium, which help keep your bodies metabolism levels.
  • Lentils – Lentils have a powerful¬†combo of slowly digested protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, which could very well make them¬†the ideal energy food.

All Day Energy

There are plenty of others – do you know of any other good ones?

Food Swap Friday – Sweet Potato Fries vs French Fries

French fries… okay, yes, they are good… but they are bad. So bad for you.

They are loaded with saturated fat, simple carbs, and sodium.

food swap - sweet potato vs french fries

A better option is fiber-packed Sweet Potato Fries! I wasn’t always crazy about them, but I started to come around and now I love them… and I find that, because they are sweeter, I need less of them to feel full and like I satisfied my craving.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of calcium, vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and beta carotene. They are also low on the Glycemic Index, making them a good choice for Diabetics.