Whenever September rolls around, it seems like time accelerates inexplicably, with days and hours hurtling past, before I’ve had a moment to stop and appreciate them. The holidays come next, tumbling over each other like circus clowns: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I feel like I’m in a three-ring circus myself, trying to juggle shopping, cleaning, errands, work, parties and events. And right when I need it the most, my energy level plummets and I resort to chocolate bars and afternoon cups of coffee. Fortunately, I recently came across an article at caring.com by Nikki Jong, called 5 Foods That Fight Fatigue. Although familiar with the nutrient-rich Super Foods -everyone-needs that protect and heal the body, I did not realize that five of these natural wonders are actually energy-boosting foods that we can count on during the day to give us long lasting, steady energy without that crash that usually comes after eating sugar or drinking caffeine.
Slow-Cooked Leg of Lamb with Spiced Yogurt and Herbs will energize any autumn evening!
Mixed-Bean Crudites with Olive-Anchovy Aioli. Or cozy up to Jacques Pepin’s hardy specialty from Southwestern France, a garbure, or White-Bean-and-Ham Stew, when the busy day is done. Spinach is at home at every meal, whether in an omelet, salad, soup, or topping a pizza. It approaches heavenly when sautéed with garlic, figs and honey.
Now October is almost here, and life is already kicking into high gear. But armed with my arsenal of fatigue busters, I’m planning to enjoy and get energized this season. I hope that you will too!
Enjoy! Cheri the Cheesemonger