Winter is gone and it’s time to get moving in the sunshine! That means you are going to need more energy to get through the day. Coffee is great, but not if you are depending on it all day everyday to keep you energized! Let’s take a look at five of my favorite go-to foods to stay energized throughout the day!
Your meals will have a significant influence on how you feel and function throughout the day, so lack of a proper diet will definitely have an impact. Try some of these simple foods to energize your day!
Packed with protein, manganese, copper and riboflavin, almonds are a handy snack to keep at your desk or in your bag. Copper and manganese play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body by neutralizing toxins within cells. Riboflavin aids oxygen-based energy production.
Oatmeal is a very good complex source of carbohydrate that is going to provide you with sustainable energy over a period of hours. While some carbs you eat will sputter out in just an hour or so, oats will last for a good three to four until your next meal. Toss them in the crockpot for a healthy breakfast, toast then and toss on a salad, or place them in the blender to use in recipes as flour.
So many people think food, food, food when they are looking to get energized that they aren’t considering the hydration element of things. If you’re in a dehydrated state, you need to fix this pronto as it will have an influence on how you feel as well. Aim to drink at least eight large glasses of water per day – if not more when you can. This will have a very positive benefit on how you’re feeling throughout the day.
Apples are another great food for boosting your energy and helping you sustain yourself over time. Apples are rich in pectin, which will help to calm stomach hunger pains fast and tide you over until your next meal. They’re also an excellent fruit for their high fiber content and will satisfy any craving you have for something crunchy. And the best part…they travel well!
Finally, don’t overlook figs. Far too many people aren’t even considering adding this to their meal plan, but figs are a very good high energy density food that you should never be overlooking.
Figs are also rich in potassium and are a great treat before you do a heavy workout, or immediately after to help jumpstart the recovery process.
Eat nutrient dense foods like these and you’ll feel and look amazing as you power through your days!
You really can’t go wrong with a smoothie, IF you avoid the sugar boom and crash. Here’s how: 1 cup (or more if needed) of vanilla almond or coconut milk, ½ cup of berries, 1/3 of a frozen banana (this makes it creamy), and a large handful of spinach, and 15-20 grams of vanilla protein powder. It’ll look weird, but you won’t taste the spinach. Add in a little stevia or honey if you want it sweeter. Power it up with flax seed, Maca root (just a little, it’s bitter), Barlene’s omega oils, ginger, lemon or lime, or fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley. Get creative, you’ll be surprised how hard it is to mess up a green smoothie!