Foods that will boost your energy levels
If you’re wondering how on earth staying in and doing less is making you more tired than your former non-stop schedule did, you are not alone!
The answer lies in a less than ideal combination of increased screen time, decreased exposure to sunlight, the monotony of the same four walls (and the same few people!), and a lack of physical exertion to release endorphins.
So, how do we muster the strength to lift our butts off the sofa and do something about it you ask? With food! We’ve uncovered the best energy-inducing morsels to give you a boost and have you ready to face the day with drive and stamina!
Fruit & vegetables
This may sound like an obvious one but when it comes to choosing fruit and veg for energy, some are much more beneficial than others!
Bananas are one of the best energy-inducing foods around. They combine B6 vitamins, a good dose of potassium and carbohydrates. All of which will give you lots of slow-releasing energy!
Apples, beets & sweet potatoes
Additionally, we recommend apples and beetroot for carbohydrates and fibre (beets are also antioxidant). Pro tip – instead of a side of chips, try sweet potatoes for complex carbohydrates that’ll slowly release energy throughout the day!
The next time you’re cooking up a meal and trying to decide which carbs to include, reach for the brown rice instead of white rice, bread or pasta. It’s much more nutritious and is high in fibre. Brown rice also contains a high amount of manganese, a mineral which helps to break down carbs and slowly release energy at a steady rate!
If you want to make it through until lunch, forget all about those sugary breakfast biscuits and frosted cereals! Replace them with a bowl of oatmeal to feel more energised, fuller for longer, and get a good dose of B vitamins, manganese and iron.
Yoghurt can be a great dessert substitute, a tasty breakfast accompaniment or light snack idea. Thanks to its lactose and galactose content, yoghurt is a great source of instant (not to mention tasty) energy. They’re also chock full of protein, B12 and B2 vitamins!
Treat yourself to a few squares of dark chocolate next time you’re craving something sweet. Its high cocoa content equals antioxidant properties. This will increase blood flow helping deliver oxygen and improve the functionality of our brain and muscles.