No Energy? No Time To Workout? You May Want To Read This…

Tips for energy

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No Energy? No Time To Workout? You May Want To Read This…

Since having my baby, my body just isn’t the same. Heck, my life isn’t the same. Before I got pregnant, I was in tip-top shape. I felt so beautiful during my pregnancy too. I was really lucky and lost the baby weight right away, but then, as soon as I stopped breast feeding, things changed. I started feeling more drained, which I didn’t think was even possible.  All of us (new) Moms know what I’m talking about right? I mean, we’re not sleeping properly, and, I think most of us are struggling to find time to eat nutritious meals in between everything else we’re doing. Right? How can we lose the baby weight and get back to feeling good if we have no energy? How can we have energy if we aren’t giving our bodies the proper fuel? Am I the only one feeling this way? If you too are feeling No Energy? No Time To Workout? You May Want To Read This…

Luckily, I came across a great nutritious solution. I’m sure you’ve already heard of them, but if you haven’t, CLIF BAR is crafted with nutritious ingredients. Now they’ve come up with these super handy, on-the-go, delicious oatmeal food packs! How great is that? 

Whether you’re a busy Mom, or training for your next Iron Man Triathlon, or anything in between, these energy boosting packs are your answer. CLIF Organic Energy Food Pouches now come in 2 new flavors Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, which is my personal fave, and Banana Maple Oatmeal.  What I also love about them is that they’re Organic, have no corn syrup, and are GMO-Free. If you’re a regular reader, you know how I feel about all that stuff! They are the perfect energy source for before beginning a workout session.

CLIF Organic Energy Food

Since we are all about high protein/low carb here at 4 Hour Body Girl, I have to mention their CLIF Builder’s Bar  as well. CLIF Builder’s is a great-tasting high-protein bar crafted to help provide nutrition for total body fitness, it is great to recover after a hard workout session.

CLIF Builder’s Bars

  • Offers 20g of complete protein to help build and repair muscle
  • Carbohydrates to help replenish energy stores and help get you ready for your next workout
  • Zero grams trans-fat, does not contain partially-hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup
  • Sources ingredients that are not genetically engineered
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals to support protein metabolism

Love, Love,Love

So now that we have the solution to get our energy up to exercise, who has time to do that? I’ve been dropping my son off at daycare and then running around the lake near my home on the way back  as quickly as possible before I start work. Okay, I’m not very fast. The lake is only 1/2 a mile around, BUT I figure it’s better than nothing right?. LOL! If I run it as fast as I can, it only takes me about 5 – 10 min. I told you I’m not very fast. Anyway, I’m into these quick effective workouts these days. I’ve filled my Pinterest board with them and created a playlist on youtube as well, but I also stumbled upon Bob Seebohar. Have you heard of him?

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Bob Seebohar is a Sports Nutrition Expert,  who created easy everyday workout and nutrition tips that will energize your body pre, during and post-workout. A competitive athlete for more than 30 years and is one of the top sports dietitians in the country; he may know a thing or 2.

Check out the following tips that would be super easy to incorporate into everyday life…

  • Bob Seebohar workout tips:
    • Carry a smaller-sized water bottle (20oz or less), and drink it! Every few hours when you get up to refill, do 10 squats at the water cooler, and another 10 before you sit down at your desk.
    • Make a daily push up goal, and complete in blocks throughout the day. If your goal is 100 per day – do 25 when you wake up, 25 before lunch, 25 in the afternoon, and 25 before bed. Track them on a post it note or a smartphone so you have a visual of your accomplishment.
    • To ensure you have the nutrition energy to workout, carry healthy snacks and a few CLIF Organic Energy Food Oatmeal (COEF) packets with you in your purse or gym bag. A COEF Oatmeal flavor provides pre-exercise energy to get you through a workout successfully.
    • Two benefits to strength training: it doesn’t take long and it doesn’t require special equipment. Alternate body weight exercises for 15 minutes (walking lunges, chair dips and burpees) for a quick and effective workout.
    • Reverse pyramid routines are a great way to build strength in a quick workout. Choose 1-2 upper body and 1-2 lower body moves for each exercise, starting with 10 reps on your right, then 10 on your left. Follow with 8 on each side, then 6, then 4 – no rest in-between. A Clif Builder’s Protein Bar is great after a workout like this as it gives you an optimal amount of carbohydrates and protein for effective recovery.

Here’s A Graphic To Make It Even Easier For You To Remember. You could Pin it for later…

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I hope this makes it easier for you to get stay healthy and fit. Remember,

I always say. You may be tired, but these are easy fixes to boost your energy levels and get moving! So throw a few of these handy packs into your diaper bag wherever you go. 

No Energy? No Time To Workout? No Excuses!

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Chocolate Mint is my favorite.

Have you tried any CLIF Organic Energy Food or Builder’s bars yet? Do you have any quick and easy food-on-the-go tips and quick effective workouts that you like to do? Would you agree, if we take care of ourselves and make health our first priority, it makes us better parents? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.  Here’s to your health, wealth, and happiness.  

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10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand

Keeping a large variety of low carb vegetables on hand is a great way to make sure that you always have access to healthy snacks and meal ingredients that won’t make you feel sluggish, and won’t inflame your body or make it hard to lose weight. Modernize suggests storing the following 10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand around your kitchen to ensure you have quick access to a vast range of options anytime you need to fuel up:

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Bell Peppers

One medium pepper has just 7 grams of carbs and 31 calories. They also contain loads of vitamin C and encourage collagen production. Slice one to use as chips with salsa or hummus.

Eggplant

This beautiful low carb veggie is meaty in texture and soaks up seasonings well, making it a perfect replacement for heavy meat ingredients in stir-fries, soups, and casseroles. They’re low in calories and full of minerals, so you’d be hard-pressed to eat too much.

Celery

Weighing in at only six calories and about one gram of carbs per stalk, you can’t go wrong with adding plenty of celery to your snacks, meals, and side dishes. Eat celery to help rid your body of excess water.

Asparagus

Low in sodium and carbs, asparagus is a great side dish that provides a healthy dose of potassium with each serving and helps reduce bloating after mealtime. Grill, steam, or sauté asparagus with a little garlic for a simple yet tasty dish.

Cauliflower

Whether raw, steamed, or roasted, cauliflower is impressively filling and can kill the munchies after enjoying just a couple stalks. It’s full of fiber, low in carbs, and inexpensive, and it makes an awesome replacement for higher carb foods like rice.

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of fiber and water yet low in carbohydrates, so it will keep you feeling full without all the bulk that carbs tend to deliver. Stick to steaming when you want cooked broccoli, as stir-frying and boiling it may cook away some of its nutrients. 

Jicama

If you’re a fan of potatoes yet want to avoid the carbs that come with them, jicama may be just what you need. You can cook jicama as you would potatoes or use them raw to create healthy versions of things dishes such as potato salad—you’ll still benefit from the same array or nutrients potatoes offer, and then some. 

Romaine

Full of important nutrients, romaine lettuce makes a great crunchy base for salads and can be used as taco shells too! This might green is also rich in folate, which should help to keep you maintain high energy levels throughout the day. 

Spinach

Spinach has chlorophyll and tons of iron. It basically doesn’t taste like anything when added to smoothies, and can be used instead of lettuce for salads or to top your burger, add it to eggs or suet it with garlic and onions as a side to any meal. I always make sure I have at least 1 if not 2 big containers of organic spinach on hand. This one is the top of my 10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand.

Sprouts

Not only are sprouts super low in carbohydrates, but they happen to contain a powerhouse of protein and phytonutrients, which makes them one of the healthiest veggie options you can keep stocked in the kitchen. Use alfalfa, broccoli, or mung bean sprouts to stuff your burritos and sandwiches, or make a huge salad and designate sprouts as the star.

What’s best about this list of 10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand is that they’re all affordable, which should make it easier than ever to plan a healthy week of eating no matter your budget.

Check out how to incorporate some of these 10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand here!

What are your Top10 Best Low Carb Vegetables to Keep On Hand? We’d love to here about it in your comments below.

Here’s to your health, wealth and happiness.

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