In a time where everyone is trying to make ends meet, we are all looking for ways to save a buck or two. In my home, we are no different. So, when it comes to putting gas in our car, I never thought twice about the fuel grade that I was injecting. I simply just used regular unleaded (ya know, the cheapest one) and I never saw a problem with that. My car ran just fine and seemed to be doing pretty darn good on gas. That is until my future hubs decided to put the superstar of gasoline into our car. After countless trips to the suburbs to visit family, multiple shopping trips, and our daily endeavors, a week went by and we still had half a tank of gas left! Usually we need to fill’er up every Sunday!

So, what does this mean and why am I talking about gas and cars in my blog? This means EVERYTHING! This is a prime example that what we put into our bodies (our engine) and the QUALITY of our nutrition (FUEL) is of the utmost importance. Think of it this way, especially as moms, we always have a million and one things to do throughout the day and sometimes (most of the time, actually) we are left feeling like we are running on “E.” Therefore, if we “fuel” ourselves up properly with quality and nutrient dense foods then we can go the distance and even the extra mile, especially is your also working out regularly on top of everything else. In turn, we are able to help our families lead healthy lifestyles and promote good eating habits in our children. I mean, you’ve heard about the obesity epidemic in children, right? Lets stop the cycle right here, right now.

What is quality then? Well let’s just go over a few basics:

Protein: Chicken, fish, lean beef, eggs, beans, and legumes. To strive for even greater quality; shop local, organic, free-range, and grass fed.

Carbohydrates: Green leafy veggies, whole grains, and fruits. Try to steer away from white, refined foods.

Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, Omega 3 fatty acids, coconut oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc).

Lastly, don’t forget water. Lots and lots of water! I mean, come on our bodies are made up of mostly water, we NEED it.

*Of course, always consult your physician as I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist, but these are basics I have been trained in for many years.