We all want to feel our best and have loads of energy, especially in our everyday lives. It’s no fun feeling burnt out or feeling like you can’t get to everything on your plate. Having a lack of energy not only makes you less productive but could leave you feeling tired, stressed or anxious. It’s not surprising that the foods you eat play an essential role in your energy levels throughout the day. Have you ever felt that afternoon slump? Well, it could just be your diet that’s making you feel drained and exhausted!
Studies show that foods containing certain nutrients help maintain your energy levels, keeping you alert and focused – rather than making you feel like crashing. Foods with complex carbs are great for giving you a boost of energy without causing hypoglycemia, or a sugar crash. Foods high in fiber and protein are slower at releasing energy but increase your stamina throughout the day. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are also key components to not only your overall health but in your production of energy as well. So, here’s a list of 6 energizing foods you can add to your diet to avoid the afternoon slump:
If you want an instant pick-me-up, bananas are probably one of the best foods for a quick release of energy. They’re an excellent source of complex carbs – so no sugar crash – plus potassium and vitamin B6 which are all great for energy levels.
Dark chocolate (naturally sweetened of course)
Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants that have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body. There’s a reason my Best Effing Cookie Ever is loaded with dark chocolate and cocoa! If you’re not much of a baker, you can get my cookie sampler box with Nowhere Bakery here.
The list of health benefits associated with green tea go on and on, and increasing your energy levels is no exception. Unlike coffee, green tea contains L-theanine which is a compound that moderates the effects of caffeine, producing a smoother boost of energy. That’s right, caffeine without the jitters!
Fatty fish like salmon is a great source of protein, fatty acids and B vitamins. In fact, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation which is a common cause of fatigue. So, combat fatigue by getting in those fatty acids!
Avocados are full of healthy fats, fiber, and B vitamins making them a true superfood. Fiber accounts for 80% of the carb content in avocadoes which means they help maintain steady blood sugar levels.
Sweet potatoes are complex carbs loaded with fiber, manganese and vitamin A. Your body digests them slowly – thanks to the fiber – so they’ll leave you feeling full and energized for the day ahead.
So, there you have it – you are what you eat! The next time you’re feeling tired and fatigued, swap those sugary simple carbs for something with more substance. Believe me, you’ll be feeling better in no time!
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