Move Over, Energy Drinks: Learn What To Eat For Energy And Vitality
There are many products on the market that claim to boost energy simply by popping a pill or drinking a caffeine-laden energy drink. It’s no surprise that these products are bestsellers either, with so many people feeling exhausted and overworked. What many people aren’t aware of, however, is that they can reap the same energy-gaining benefits of these popular products in a natural and healthy way. There are many foods that boost energy while also improving overall health. Below are several of the best foods that promote energy and vitality.
Whole grains. In their unprocessed forms, whole grains like wheat, barley, oats, rice, and quinoa are not only nutritious, but they also reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Fruits. We all know that fruits are an important part of our diets, but did you know that they’re also good for energy and vitality? Oranges, which are high in vitamin C, potassium, and folate, provide a steady flow of energy over time instead of an instant sugar rush. Bananas, which are loaded with fiber and sugars, are a go-to energy food. Apples are another excellent source of fiber. Because they take a longer time to digest than other fruits, your energy boost is prolonged. A word of caution, however: eating fruits can elevate blood sugar. Thus, it’s important to test your blood-sugar response to individual foods, and particularly fruits.
Almonds. Almonds are a healthy and energizing alternative to many traditional snack options. Full of protein, manganese, copper, and riboflavin, almonds are sure to provide you with that much-needed afternoon pick-me-up.
Spinach. Full of iron — which is a key factor in the body’s energy production — spinach is an excellent choice to promote energy and vitality. Add a cup of beans to a spinach salad for lunch and you’ll be ready to face the afternoon head-on.
Chia seeds. A true natural super food, chia seeds deliver maximum nutrients with minimum calories. Chia seeds also promote energy, digestion, and detoxification.
Live nut-milk yoghurt. Yoghurt is rich in magnesium and calcium. Magnesium plays a vital role in the body’s release of energy, making yoghurt a delicious and energizing choice of snack. Mix with berries or stewed apple for a flavourful twist.
Salmon. Seafood lovers, rejoice. Not only do the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon reduce the risk of heart disease, salmon is also an excellent source of energy. Salmon contains protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin, which help the body convert food into energy. Pair your salmon with a side of brown rice and get ready to feel energized.
These are just a few examples of how you can promote energy and vitality through your diet. For more information about how you can feel energized without the daily use of caffeine, and what lifestyle and biological factors are making you feel exhausted, please contact me.