Today is the day after most of us set our clocks forward. There are places in the country, like Arizona, where time stays the same. (They tried the setting-the-clocks-forward-thing to prolong daylight and there was rioting in the streets!) Anyway, here in the east, additional daylight is a good thing, at least it will be if/when the sun comes out.
I started thinking about what foods might be best to eat to help ease a Dear Reader into a time change so I investigated, as I often do. I found postings about foods to help with jet lag on ndtv.com and delish.com. Lemons, bananas, goji berries, cherries, quinoa and chicken all made the lists, but why? Lemons help to alkalize the body and let's face it, are yummy and refreshing. Bananas can help relax and calm you to help you sleep. Goji berries help you have a better quality of rest. Ginger, like lemon, helps with tummy stuff. Cherries can help with joint pain and quinoa is loaded with amino acids to help give your muscles energy. Chicken is a protein so you stay fuller longer and blah, blah.
Okay. Now you know what to eat but how do you eat the foods that will help us feel rested and peppy is where I come into the picture. Here is a good plan for the day:
How about a banana with ginger and lemon tea to start your day followed by a quinoa salad dressed with olive oil and tossed with cherries, almonds and chunks of chicken. For dessert? I got you. How about ice cream and goji berries? Feeling peppy already I bet. Try these foods to help spring forward and leap into action!
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