Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Food For Thought (And Other Writerly Needs)

If you have a long day (or night) of writing ahead of you, you may discover that eventually, focusing on your work becomes pretty challenging. Just when you need to sustain your energy to continue creative thought, you may experience some fatigue. Although I’m a coffee fan, I do try to fuel my body with energy-sustaining foods for those long writing and brainstorming sessions.

While working, your brain uses lots of power as it relies on memory, creativity, and energy. To enhance my work, I generally consume complex carbohydrates such as whole grain rice cakes (fuel for the brain), omega 3 fatty acids such as nuts (to enhance the building blocks—building highways within your brain to carry information), and anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and E (to preserve the brain from free radicals).

These are some snacks that I reach for to sustain my energy without making me crash:

- almonds

- avocado with a squirt of Dijon mustard
- bananas

- pumpkin seeds

- apple with all-natural almond or sesame seed butter
- oatmeal

- celery and carrot sticks with hummus

And, here’s a treat for you! It’s a delicious recipe from Teri Gentes, who’s a good friend and a gourmet holistic chef/nutritionist. Enjoy this dish to keep you fueled and focused for a solid writing session.

SunButter Pita Breakfast Pizza

1. Begin with a 4-inch Pita Break Breakfast Pita such as Muesli or Morning Grain
(All natural and preservative free

2. Spread evenly with 1½ tsp of SunButter (Crunchy, Original and Organic)
(This peanut-free, real food seed butter is rich in Vitamin E, thiamine and iron) (Product of the USA)

3. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp of all natural local honey
(Unrefined, un-pasteurized honey contains trace minerals and enzymes beneficial for your health)

4. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp Ruth's Chai Goodness Cereal
(More Omega 3-rich than flax, more calcium than milk and a fabulous source of protein and fibre. )

5. Top with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.
(Helps reduce blood sugar levels, lowers triglycerides/HDL, a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial)


ROSIE said...

Sounds delicious Lorna, I'll have to try it! Thanks, Rosie

Lorna London said...

Most welcome, Rosie! Teri Gentes is a very gifted chef...all her recipes are amazing (and good for you too).

Michael said...

Sounds much better than cigarettes and Heavenly Hash!! Thanks!!!

Lorna London said...

Haha! Good for the mind, body, and soul, Michael.
Happy eating/writing :)

Crystal Quinn said...

I am definitely going to give this a try... sounds delish!