10 Super Foods That Will Restore Your Energy When You Feel Worn Down
Ever had one of those days where you just can’t seem to wake up? You know exactly what I mean. Your body aches, your eyes struggle to stay open, and you feel as though you’re coming down with something.
Usually, you aren’t coming down with anything. Rather, you’re just low on energy. What happens is that you usually feel so rundown that your productivity slows and all you want to do is just climb back into bed and go to sleep.
Unfortunately, the world doesn’t stop just because you’re out of sorts. Instead, you have to somehow keep going. The good news is that super foods can help.
What are super foods, though?
A super food is any type of food that is jam-packed with more nutrients than “normal”. While a hamburger is just food, a piece of broccoli is a super food. They make us happy and restore our wellbeing.
Let’s take a look at the 10 best super foods for restoring your energy when you feel down.
Quit snacking on candy and start getting smart about what you eat in the afternoon.
Nuts are my quintessential go-to energy boosters when I can’t leave the office. I always bring a bag of them to work with me and munch on them throughput the afternoon to make sure I never suffer from that horrible midday slump (you know what I mean!).
Nuts are high in energy because they’re stuffed with all the right nutrients. They’re cheap and convenient, and even tasty. Get on them.
Spinach is rich in iron. It’s also rich in potassium and magnesium, too.
Magnesium is essential if you need more energy. And when it’s paired up with potassium, it forms a powerful tag-team that injects rocket fuel into your body (not really, but you get the picture!).
Spinach is my favourite green, but I understand that not everyone enjoys it as much as me. Personally, I like to make a pasta and spinach soup that requires only three ingredients: Pasta, spinach and vegetable stock.
And water, of course.
Just bring the water to the boil, before adding the pasta and stock. Simmer for five minutes, add the spinach and simmer for another ten.
It’s a gorgeous winter warmer, and a fab way of maintaing your energy levels during these colder months.
One of the main reasons we start to feel sluggish and low in energy is because we just don’t have a very efficient oxygen supply. If our cells aren’t getting as much oxygen as they need, it’s going to make us feel very rundown indeed.
Hot peppers and spices can help. They give your body (and mouth!) the wakeup call it needed, ensuring that you have much more oxygen flowing through your veins.
You should start adding yogurt to your breakfast each day. Why? Not only does yogurt compliment your cereal or toast (or pancake!), it also gives you a boost in probiotics (healthy bacteria that you gut needs) and calcium.
Okay, probiotics: This is good bacteria that your body needs if it’s to keep your immune system ticking over. And you know what happens when your immune system isn’t ticking over, don’t you? That’s right! You start to feel worn down and icky. Not cool.
Get a daily dose of morning yogurt to keep your immune system happy.
Coconut oil is very popular at the moment, and for a good reason. Basically, it can pretty much help with anything – especially restoring your energy levels.
You should cook with coconut oil more often because it’s a wizard when it comes to processing itself into energy. The bonus for you is you get to feel revitalised. Fantastic.
Salmon is one of the healthiest fish you can eat. Alright, so there’s not really such a things an “unhealthy” fish. But when it comes to restoring energy, salmon ought to be the oily fish you turn to in your hour of need.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon reduces your bad cholesterol levels. But thanks to its vitamin B6, riboflavin and niacin content, salmon also gives you a massive boost in fuel. How? Because these key nutrients turn your food into energy. Yay!
There are so many different types of beans. Which do you prefer? I like black beans. But it really doesn’t matter which ones are your fav, because they all boost your energy levels.
High in protein, complex carbs and fibre, beans are also stuffed in a number of minerals, such as copper and magnesium. And thanks to their rather complex nutritional makeup, they are very good at making sure your energy levels remain high for the whole day.
Mushrooms are a bit of a tricky one because it’s not always so easy to find a way of packing them into your diet. But because they are responsible for arming you with around half of your daily serving of iron, you really should find a way of getting them into your meals.
Why is iron important? Iron is important because it transports oxygen more efficiently around your bloodstream. If you don’t have a fab supply of oxygen, you’re going to feel tired and rundown.
If you’re saying that you dislike mushrooms, it might be that you just haven’t found the type of mushroom you like. There are many different types of mushrooms out there, so it could be a case of experimenting a bit.
Eating a bowl of oatmeal is a great way to start your day. Why? Because oatmeal is rich in high quality carbs that your body stores as glycogen, which arms your brain and muscles with enough fuel to get you though the day.
Oatmeal is also rich in essential nutrients, such as vitamin B1, protein, phosphorous and magnesium.
It’s highly recommended for diabetics, because it can prevent nasty blood sugar crashes which tamper with your energy levels.
Rich in calcium, iron and fibre, chia seeds are a simple way of restoring your energy.
If you’re not sure how to eat them, you can munch away on them out of your hand, or you can get a bit more creative by adding them to your smoothies or puddings.
Stay happy and healthy!