Alyssa Rimmer of plant-based blog Simply Quinoa gets the busy working woman’s hustle. Her days are packed with recipe development, photo and video shoots, writing articles, and more. And considering that her day starts at 6 a.m., she gets the the whole 3 p.m. crash thing.
Her tips for staying focused and warding off brain fog? It all starts with fuel. For Rimmer, that’s a plant-based diet complemented by eggs and wild-caught fish, with three nutrient-dense meals plus an afternoon snack.
And her snack game is on lock: Gooey homemade energy balls are her go-to during the post-lunch slump (or when she needs to recharge after a hot yoga or Physique 57 class).
“These little balls honestly taste like a fudge brownie, but they are one million times better for you,” Rimmer says. “Sweetened with Medjool dates, balanced out with nuts and antioxidant-rich cacao powder, they’re an incredible post-workout snack or afternoon pick-me-up.”
“These little balls honestly taste like a fudge brownie, but they are one million times better for you.”
The star ingredient? Medjool dates. “I love using dates as the base because they’re a wonderful form of natural sugar, but they’re also high in fiber and iron,” she explains. “My energy balls also use nuts and seeds for protein and healthy fats, so usually just one or two is enough to sustain me for an entire 60-minute workout class.”
Making time to work out five times a week is another of Rimmer’s energizing hacks, and yes, she counts her mid-day…
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