Lack of energy is a huge barrier in our success, as it not only narrows our productivity but also slows us down with the motivation to do something. Instead of running for quick fixes like caffeine and sugary drinks, now try foods that will quickly re-energize you and at the same time are healthy and hearty.
To stay alert and active all day or at the time when your energy levels are down start making smarter choices with these foods to refuel your body:
The natural sugar in fruits like strawberries, bananas, blueberries, etc. are amongst the most high-energy foods. Easy to grab and have when you feel dragged provides the body with instant supply of fuel and keeps blood sugar levels steady as they are packed with fibre.
Blueberries – helps you focus.
Strawberries – rich in vitamin C, helps turn fats into energy.
Pineapple – has iodine, helps controlling how the body burns energy.
Bananas and apples – are natural energy boosters.
**You can have them direct, or as smoothies or mix it with yoghurt.
Mix Nuts and Seeds
Like cashews, hazelnuts and almonds are rich in magnesium, which plays a vital role in converting sugar into energy. Also are enriched with fibers to keep blood sugar levels steady and proteins to keep off hunger.
Seeds of pumpkin are rich source of protein, healthy fats and fiber – making you energized and keeping you full. The additional contents of manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc provides additional energy support to the body. Keep all these handy in your drawer and make it a habit to have some in between meal times to stay active, fit and healthy.
A great source to fight away mid-day fatigue and laziness, sweet potatoes are loaded with carbohydrates, vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin C. The sweet treat is loved by all, have it mashed, cut into strips, baked or as finger fries as an alternative to French Fries.
The richness of vitamin B in egg yolks, are responsible for converting food into energy. The vitamin D content are responsible for stronger and healthier bones. And above all, they are a rich resource of proteins that prevents in muscle and tissue development and also prevents against breakdowns.
It is a gluten free grain and contains more protein than any other grain or rice source. This grain is so rich in amino acids that it is considered as a complete source of protein. It is also very high in lysine, methionine, and cysteine – all very ideal for muscle build-up. The availability of folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese in quinoa makes it a nutrient-packed resource of carbs for long-lasting energy.
It is the simplest way to get a sudden boost of energy, ever. By adding some lemons to water makes it a natural energy drink power packed with electrolytes that are essential for cells. Hydration in overall scenario is the key to boost mood as the lightest of dehydration can cause fatigue.
Do not procrastinate, act today and boost your energy levels back up and get going.