10 Foods That Will Make You Feel More Energetic
Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling tired, listless and totally unmotivated? It feels as though you’ve absolutely no energy at all. It’s not too bad when this happens once every few months. But when it happens all the time? You’ve got a problem that needs sorting.
A great way to boost your energy levels so that you’re always ready to spring out of bed and seize the day is to change your diet. Pretty much everything good in life starts with your diet. Once you start eating the right things, you will have more energy. Which means you can get more stuff done!
Just as there are foods that are rich in fat and calories which leave us feeling bloated and sluggish, there are also foods that are rich in essential nutrients that lift us up and keep us going for the whole day long.
If you want to stay alert and keep on top of things, here are 10 foods that will make you feel more energetic.
This one is obvious. And yet, despite is obvious obviousness, many of us simply don’t drink enough water/
Your body is 60% water, which means that you need to stay properly hydrated if you want to stay productive.
Avoid the hunger for thirst and energy by drinking at least five glasses of water each day (though it’s advised that you drink eight).
If you’re not too keen on the taste (or lack of) of water, add lemon, orange, basil, mint or cucumber.
Brown rice is the best type of rice if you need more energy. It’s loaded with a special mineral called manganese, which produces energy as if by magic from carbs and protein. And the best thing? A bowl full arms you with enough energy to keep you going from morning until night.
Brown rice is easy to pop into your diet because it’s so versatile. My top tip is that you add it to your lunch along with some lean meat and powerhouse vegetables.
You could have some more at dinner-time, too.
The Greek diet is known for its life-preserving qualities. And when you have more energy, you feel in a better mood to make the most of life and all that it has to offer.
Central to the Greek diet is, of course, the Greek yogurt. You can buy this in your local supermarket, and consuming it will leave you feeling fuller and more energetic for longer.
Sweet potato is the sweetest of all potatoes (and possibly the sweetest of all vegetables in general). Its enticing orange colour is caused by its high beta-carotene content, which you’ll also find in squash and carrots.
Beta-carotene is essentially vitamin A. Sweet potato is also rich in vitamin C, and together these nutrients help to fight off the inevitable midday fatigue that can see your down begin to dwindle.
It happens all the time: You race through work in the morning, but once midday comes, you start to slump. Productivity slows down and you wish you could sleep at your desk.
Mash sweet potatoes up and add them to your lunch to keep you going until the end of the working day.
Treat yourself to a piece of dark chocolate in the afternoon. Rich in theobromine and caffeine, just a few squares of dark chocolate are enough to life your energy levels, giving you the kick needed to pick yourself up and keep going.
Don’t eat too much, though – caffeine is well-known for causing energy crashes when taken in large doses.
Unlike sugar, honey is a natural sweetener. This means it’s a lot healthier than sugar, and won’t fill your body with empty calories that are eventually converted into fat.
Not everyone likes honey, of course. It’s a bit of an acquired taste. But if you already like it or think you could get used to it, it’s well worth spreading some on your morning toast, tea or yogurt to give yourself a boost of energy upon waking up.
Because it’s also low down on the glycemic index, honey also proves its use as muscle fuel for whenever you’re exercising. It can also give you a lift after a workout, too.
Oily fish such as salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which boost alertness and ensure you stay on top of key tasks.
Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruit. But as well as eating them for their taste, you should also consider eating them for the boost of energy they can give you.
Bananas are rich in glucose and fructose (sugar), as well as fibre. This combination is total Win if you need to refuel.
To get the best out of them, though, I recommend that you combine them on French toast with almond or peanut butte. Not only will this midmorning snack be tasty as heck, it will also give you enough energy to get you through the rest of the day with no hassle at all.
A reason we lose energy and feel fatigued is erratic blood sugar levels. To keep them stable all day, start your day with a big bowl of oatmeal. Rich in fibre and protein, it’s the perfect way to begin your morning.
Okay, so Adam ate an apple and things didn’t end so well. The same with Snow White. But those are just two exceptions. Because as well as keeping the doctor away for at least another day, apples are a great way of feeling more energetic as you go about your day.
The last thing you want is to experience fatigue on those days where you’ve got lots of things to do. To keep the fatigue at bay, munch on an apple in the afternoon. Rich in more fibre than most fruits, it will give you enough fuel to keep you hard at it until it really is time to rest.
Combine apples with cheese to double down on energy (and taste, yum!).