Snacks to Maximize Your Energy

As a massage therapist, you are on your feet and in motion all day long—so keep your body going by feeding it optimum fuel. The best fuel for your workday comes from a diet balanced in lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. 

During busy days, snacking keeps your energy up and your metabolism working at peak performance. Each snack should have at least 10 grams of protein, which will ward off blood sugar spikes and drowsiness you can experience from rapidly falling blood sugar.

Here are some suggestions of snacks to maximize your energy for your workday. All contain between 10 and 20 grams of protein and are the best way to combat what I refer to as the metabolic dysfunction factor, a condition that makes weight easy to gain and difficult to lose.

It is essential that you eat every two to three hours in order to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Consuming lean protein in regular intervals throughout the day will allow your metabolism to regroup and retrain your system to burn fat.

About the Author
Caroline Cederquist, M.D., developed the nutritional foundation for the weight loss program BistroMD (www.bistromd.com), which focuses on the correct balance of macronutrients in the diet: protein, the right carbohydrates, and healthy fats and fiber. She is also the author of The MD Factor Diet, set to be released this fall.

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