6. Sip fresh juice. Enjoy a smoothie made with fresh fruit and almond milk. Drink a freshly-made veggie and carrot juice between meals. It’s easier and more delicious than you think to drink fresh juices. Once you get in the habit of having fresh juice, you’ll never want packaged or concentrated juices again. The added energy they’ll give you over time will be reward for the minimal effort required to make them.
7. Make a salad smoothie. Sounds disgusting but you’ll be surprised how delicious, filling and nutritious this power drink can be. Toss a large handful of mild greens like Boston lettuce, Romaine lettuce or spinach along with berries, frozen banana, almond milk or other smoothie ingredients and blend for an instant “green drink” and salad. I opt for a salad smoothie when I’m pressed for time or am just feeling a little lazy and want my salad in a hurry.
8. Add sprouts to salads, wraps, sandwiches, noodles or stir-fries after they’ve finished cooking. Sprouts are diverse and versatile. They are nutrient- and enzyme-powerhouses, giving your body a serious boost when eaten on a regular basis. If you don’t like one kind, try another. There are many different varieties, including but not limited to: mung bean, onion, broccoli, alfalfa and red clover. Sprouts are serious energy-boosting superfoods.
9. Eat only until you are full. For many people eating has become a pastime rather than something to nourish their appetites and bodies. Reducing the amount you eat may increase longevity. Research shows that even slightly restricting caloric intake increases the lifespan of laboratory animals so this benefit may transfer to humans as well. Eat until you feel full but not heavy. It may take some time to adjust to this concept. Most people eat until they are bloated and heavy feeling and mistake that as feeling “full.” Stop well before that. You’ll use a lot less energy to eat only until you are full than you would if you keep on eating. And that frees up energy for other things. That doesn’t mean you should starve yourself, go hungry, or use this advice as an excuse to support an eating disorder. Snack later if you become hungry again, but pay attention to your body’s signals, not just to your eyes and taste buds.