Ask the Expert: Q&A with Dr. Aliya — Superfoods for Supermoms
Q. I’m a busy working mom of three and am struggling with eating well and making healthy food choices when I’m on the go. Do you have any nutrition tips or advice for busy moms and families?
A. From one mom to another – I get it! Juggling kids, career and family life can feel overwhelming at times! Trying to prepare and choose healthy meal options is just another thing on your to do list. Fortunately, eating the right foods is easier than you think. Studies show that certain foods go the distance at boosting health, preventing disease and are rich in important vitamins and minerals. And as it turns out some of the best health foods are inexpensive and relatively easy to find.
Here are four of the best everyday nutrient rich foods for busy moms and families on the go!
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts, specifically almonds and walnuts, are a staple you can easily throw in your purse or diaper bag! According to Dr Sue Love and Dr Sapna Flower, naturopathic doctors, nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats going that extra mile to keep you fuller for longer. Adding pumpkin seeds to the mix is a winning combination helping to boost energy and get you through the late afternoon slump.
Craving sugar? Instead of reaching for artificially dyed and flavoured candy, try a handful of berries. According to Dr Love, berries have a high fiber content which prevent carb/sugar cravings. The darker ones are best – try blackberries, mulberries, blueberries and goji berries to add variety.
There is no competition when it comes to the benefits of green leafy vegetables to promote health and prevent disease. Leafy greens are a great source of folate, calcium, vitamin C and iron – all of which are important for mom and baby. Toss a handful of spinach or kale in smoothie for an extra boost of fiber in the morning.
While it is often mistaken as a whole grain, quinoa is actually a seed with an amazing nutrient profile. High in protein, iron, magnesium, and calcium, quinoa also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. When cooked, quinoa has a mildnutty flavour and can be eaten as either a sweet or savory dish – get creative!
Remember you are what you eat! The food you consume will either move you toward chronic disease – or toward improved health. Taking a moment to make the right food choices can recharge your batteries, boost your immunity and improve