The modern world, despite its many conveniences and suggestions ‘life is easier’ has one major disadvantage to my youth; our work hours are stretched tight and stress levels are at catastrophic levels. Our hectic lifestyle, a veritable ‘rat in a cage’, has played a role in a multitude of health problems that relate to inactivity and horrid dietary choices.
Our world has addressed changes in lifestyle with ‘conveniences’ that effectively placed us on the road to ruin. If that needs to be said more direct, we as a culture are ruining our health and of-course quality of life with many items known to be ‘convenient’.
Chiefly within this category of ‘convenience’ are ever present snacks and ‘comfort foods’. Disguise or phrase in any manner you choose but ‘comfort foods’ are a modern day reaction to the death of the ‘family meal’, the exhausting pace of our lives, poor habits and of-course loneliness.
Each of these concerns is highly complex and will not change easily as they are entrenched, often due to layer after layer of marketing, within our lifestyle. I say this will full understanding that they date of this publication is schedule for the opening the NFL season and many readers will be subjected to a ‘snack smorgasbord’ that could potentially ruin their training efforts this week. Don't ruin your week of training and rather 'fuel success' with (dietary choices) healthy snacks.
• The solution is establishing positive habits with healthy snacks and further respecting that diet is an enormous part of the athletic development equation.
• ‘Empty calories’ will cull athletic development dead its tracks and processed foods or snacks are the worst dietary villain.
• Don't 'cheat' with 'empty calories' and instead reward your training efforts with healthy snacks.
The best ‘snack foods’ come straight from the earth and in addition to being healthier and tasting better, are highly affordable. Furthermore snacks can be crucial in your dietary spectrum and include fats derived from nuts (almonds, walnuts), fish (particularly cold water kind such as salmon, herring and sardines) and avocado that will assist overall health as well as lowered body fat levels.
Whether you are a dedicated athlete or someone merely trying to ‘transform’ your life into healthier ways choosing snack foods does not have to be expensive and the best solutions are made in your kitchen. Add an OxyElite Protein shake or protein based ‘snack’ and along with AP before carbohydrates you will not only avoid dietary pratfalls but spur athletic development.
-1 Cup of Smooth Peanut Butter
-1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
-1 Tablespoon Honey
- Pinch of Salt
-3/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
-1 Scoop of Milk Chocolate OxyELITE Protein Powder
Place peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and salt in food processor or mix in a large bowl until smooth and well combined. Add 1/2 of the mixture to a two separate "pot pie" size pie tins. Melt chocolate chips in a small sauce pan over medium heat until fully melted. Mix one scoop of chocolate flavor OxyELITE Protein into melted chocolate. Mix until it starts to solidify/crumble. Use a spoon to top the pies with the chocolate mixture and quickly place in the freezer so the hot mixture does not melt the peanut butter mixture. Freeze for about 45 minutes. Makes six servings.
Prepared by John Davies
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