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Working Snacks...

Healthy snacks while working can help keep you focused and productive…

Healthy snacks at work

Healthy snacks at work

From a mindset perspective, I always feel much more on top of my game when I know that I can stay hydrated and not feel hungry! I will have already covered these needs by having available the snacks that will help me stay focused, productive and energised!

Whether I’m working off-site, at home or in the office, this is an essential component of my daily work and self-care plan. If you’re like me, I can really craggy if I’m hungry, and worse if I have stop what I’m doing to run out to the nearest shop and grab a snack to eat.

I take the same approach to work meetings too, instead of having energy draining cookies on display, I’ll opt for brain boosting goodies like nuts, seeds and fruit. My choices include brain boosting selections, containing healthy fats and iron for healthy blood flow (nuts, seed, avocado, greens), and antioxidants for maximum cognitive ability (berries, fruit and vegetables).

Here’s my list of 16 simple portable snacks…select from it depending on your level of need because some are more filling than others. Remember to that it’s important to choose healthier snacks because they will provide your body with the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, healthy fat, fluid and fiber) it needs to support your tasks throughout the day.

This a great list:

-A whole fruit like a banana or apple (the easiest option), maybe select a fruit that’s not too time consuming to peel.

-Handful of nuts walnuts, almonds (soaked over night home)

-Baked (dehydrated is better) veggie chips like zucchini (courgette) or sweet potato

-Green smoothie with added green superfood like avocado and chlorella

-Green juice

-Small berry fruit salad

-Sliced veggies with a dip, nut or seed butter

-Glass of water

-Herbal tea

-Dried fruit (a tablespoon)

-Granola pot

-Coconut yogurt (non-dairy) with added berries, sliced fruit and seeds

-Homemade energy balls

-Protein or Cacao shake using protein rich ingredients

-Pumpkin seeds (soaked)

-Crispy Seaweed squares with a dip

It’s cheaper if you prepare as much as possible at home, place in containers or ziplock bags. You can make a green smoothie or protein milk shake in the morning and place in the fridge at work until you’re ready for it.

Use this list of tasty, easy-to-make snack options, to create a healthy diet whether you’re working or not.

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Sistahintheraw x


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Green Drinks? The Basic's about Oxalates

A fresh juice per day, will keep the nasties at bay —Sistahintheraw

It's Day 1 of Sistahintheraw's Juice Club, which I set up because I totally believe in the energising and healing benefits that fresh green juices have to offer. I have experienced this first hand, for myself over the years and I have witnessed the healing results as a student while studying at The Hippocrates Health Institute. 

However, I am also aware that not every so-called healthy food or drink is suitable for everyone, especially depending on the quality of your health and accompanying mental state at any particular juncture in your life. This can also include some plant-based raw foods and green drinks. The theory around bio-individuality can be important here in helping to determine a person's specific, individual nutritional and physiological needs. In any case, 'too much' of almost anything can be a not such a good thing for many people.  

Oxalic Acid basics:
Like enzyme inhibitors, plants produce oxalates because they don’t want to be eaten alive by insects! While these molecules can cause health issues for humans, it actually tears up the teeth of insects which try to eat high oxalate foods. These anti-nutrients serve to protect a plant food, but can also be problematic once we consume them; however some of them may even help to protect us from disease. Oxalic acid is present in various plant foods, depending on the area where they are grown.

An Oxalate is a molecule which, under certain circumstances, links up with calcium and crystalizes. Oxalates can interfere with or decrease calcium absorption. When too much oxalates  crystalize in human tissue, it can create arthritis-like symptoms and even kidney stones. It is important to eat a low oxalate diet if you suffer from conditions such as kidney stones or kidney conditions, have leaky gut, inflammatory issues like asthma, arthritis or fibromyalgia, have taken antibiotics frequently or for long periods of time, have some food sensitivities/allergies, have fat mal-digestion, or have had part of your intestine removed. A food is considered high in oxalates when it has more than 10mg of the compound per serving.

Oxalates include some leafy greens, berries, fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, some nuts and seeds, coffee, tea and chocolate. Although not a major concern for everyone, it is still important to rotate your green veggies, have a wonderful variety of foods in your diet and not be too focused in any one thing.

Some of the plant-based foods high in oxalate include for example: spinach, green beans, rhubarb, kidney beans, soy, sweet potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, tangerines and kiwis. You can find lots of food guides and lists about oxalates on the internet. 
Unless you are prone to any of the conditions mentioned above, you would otherwise do well to maintain eating a widely varied and balanced plant-based diet. 

You can still have your green drink just change to a low oxalate veggie's IF you have a problem with oxalates. 

If in any doubt about your health in relations to green drinks, please consult with your nutritional health advisor and or your doctor.

Studies:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24499152
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19021580
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24134011
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/50/4/830.abstract

 

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You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Anita McKenzie, is a Raw Soul Food and Holistic Health Lifestyle Mentor, she is founder of the brand "Sistahintheraw" and "Raw Soul Food" and a leading authority on Raw Food Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make healthier choices, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Sistahintheraw now at: www.sistahintheraw.com


Medical Disclaimer
Sistahintheraw.com provides information on this website as an educational service. The information and reference guides in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. The contents of this web site are not intended to offer personal medical advice, diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.