30th September 2015 | Author:
10 Energy Boosting Foods
Who else suffers from the mid-afternoon slump, when you’re at your desk and on the edge of dozing off? We can put our hands up to that! Sometimes reaching for that chocolate bar seems like the only way you’ll ever be able to make it through the rest of the day, right? Well put down the chocolate bar because we’ve come up with 10 energy boosting foods which are healthy and will help you power through your day with ease! Read on to find out more
We’ve said it before, but fruit is great for your body, and not just because it is packed full of nutrients and vitamins! Choosing the right fruit can be difficult, so we’re making it easy for you.
Pick out fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, passion fruit, pineapple and cherries to snack on during the dreaded slump. The natural sugar in these fruits will help to stabilise your blood sugar and give your energy the boost it needs!
We’re nuts about nuts! Nuts contain a great mixture of fibre and protein which helps to replenish energy. The only problem you may find with nuts is that they’re difficult to stop eating! So we suggest you pre-weigh and box your choice of nuts (e.g. almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios…) at home, the recommended serving size is an ounce. Don’t forget about peanut butter either, while it can be quite high in calories, a tablespoon of peanut butter on some wholemeal bread will give you a punch of energy!
3. Vegetables + Hummus
A match made in heaven! Not only are veggies a filling snack, the vegetables are good carbs and a source of fibre, whilst the hummus is a great energy booster! Don’t skimp out on the veg either, chop up some red peppers, courgettes, mushrooms and asparagus to dip in your hummus.
If you have ever been dehydrated you’ll know the feeling of being depleted of all energy! So drink up. Taking water breaks will also give you time to stretch your legs as well as to quench your thirst. Try to avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and fizzy drinks as they can leave you feeling jittery.
Try to incorporate salmon into your lunch menu to see a difference in your energy levels. Salmon is rich in protein and has the added benefit of containing inflammation reducing omega-3! In general, salmon is a nutritional type food to add to your diet being an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. .
We encourage you to have an iron-rich spinach salad for lunch. Iron deficiencies (which affect 10% of women) cause fatigue and reduce your mental and physical ability. Eating foods with high iron content like spinach can help the midday slump and give you the energy boost your body needs!
Due to the complex carbohydrates and fibre content found in lentils, they release a slow-burning energy. So if you have a lentil curry at lunch, the slow release of energy will tide you over all day! Like spinach, lentils are also a good source of iron which helps to produce more energy in your body.
8. Greek Yoghurt
Vitamin B12 is essential for energy and to maintain healthy brain activity. Many vegetarians have a deficiency of vitamin B12 as it is mainly found in meat; however Greek yoghurt is a completely meat-free way to add more B12 into your diet!
Quinoa is a well-known superfood which dates back to ancient times! The Inca’s believed that quinoa gave their warriors better stamina and endurance! It is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, packed full of iron, fibre, magnesium and many others! Due to its high carbohydrate content its known to be a “high-energy” food.
The protein in eggs helps to release energy over a long period of time. When consumed it does not affect the blood sugar levels. Eggs also contain a lot of vitamin B, which as mentioned earlier, helps to maintain energy levels!
So with a bit of preparation, you won’t ever feel like you need matchsticks to hold your eyelids open. Who knows, these tips could help you become more productive at work too!
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