Fall marks the changing of plenty of things. For one, the weather! Cooler nights and shorter days, resulting in our changing energy levels during our day to day active life. So where does that leave us? Well, often reaching for a little extra energy boost (sugar!).
Fall means pumpkin spice lattes, maple pies, and muffins to boost our spirits. Don't get me wrong I love the occasional PSL, but when muffins turn to muffin tops, not so much. So how do we balance the two … I mean it's fall after all and what's a Saturday at the market without your favourite flavoured latte? The part we often forget is that we reach for these sugary options to feed the emotional desire for fall (kinda like I just mentioned), rather than energy which is what we really need during this season change. Sugar does not equal energy friends!! Get that in your heads.
The alternative to stick to summer’s healthy habits? A nutritionist friend of mine introduced me to the concept of protein. Seems simple enough right? Wrong! I was not getting nearly enough protein and honestly am still learning half of what contains valuable levels of the energy fuelling molecule. As a veg it's hard to get the right amount of protein to keep my body fuelled with enough energy for my day to day (running to events, spin class and other healthy lifestyle regulars). I eat seafood on the rare occasion, but rare seems generous most recently. My hesitation to meat (just the fact that I don't like the idea of eating another living thing - gross!) has translated to fish and other seafood. As a result I find myself eating a lot more nuts, seeds and soy based proteins.
Enter organic nut brand
. These nuts are a great option as a healthy, organic and easily accessible brand. Some of these organic nuts, nut butters, and fancy pants (I can say so because I too am a fancy pants health nut) health products are hard to find, but
is easily accessible at plenty of grocery stores and deps in the greater MTL area - p.s they sell them at Mandys crescent! They also offer great dried fruit, seeds, chia, coconut shreds, maca powder (another energy booster I adore) and raw coconut oil.
So you’re off to buy your new favourite
mix after this article, but first let’s recap some benefits.
- fills you up helping you fight hunger and avoid over eating throughout the day (yoopi!)
- balances the highs and lows of carbs and sugar on the body (so you can still cheat a bit without binging essentially)
- requires more energy from the body to digest (metabolism roaring!)
- fuels fat burning because our body actually cannot even burn the fat we want it to without the protein molecule
- will help you build and maintain muscle mass people (that means your summer abs you worked for will still be in place for that last minute post Christmas Cabo trip)
But out of all of the protein why nut protein? Personally I turn to nut protein because I don’t like many of the other kinds and am not too keen on loading up on too much soy. Plus, yes nuts have plenty of protein you’ll be needing this fall, but besides from that they also are a source of unsaturated fat (good fats counter act the bad fats), fiber, vitamin e (a great antioxidant) and omega 3 fatty acids.
So on that note, stay healthy and let me know if you have any questions. I love all this health stuff and live an active lifestyle, but I'm equally as guilty as the next person for my cheats. It keeps us human! Just remember more protein, less sugar, and some healthy carbs equal energy and ultimately healthy looking and feeling bodies. I hope to see you all wrapped in skinny jeans, oversized sweaters and cashmere scarves munching down your
nuts! Hey fall!