Feeling sluggish every day? Do you need that afternoon pick-me-up? You’re not alone. Many men and women wake up tired, and go through their day feeling exhausted. In an effort to stay awake and function, they turn to food – but it’s the sugary, high caffeine options that have them crashing 30 minutes to an hour later.
There are other options. You CAN use food to provide energy to your body, but it has to be done the right way. For instance, you can have a handful of almonds and some veggies or a piece of fruit. The complex carbohydrates and protein will give you that boost of energy and sustain it for a while, as opposed to eating a sugary snack that will give a quick burst of energy, but will drop faster causing yet another energy slump.
Fresh fruit can do the job! Bananas are high in potassium which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable so that you don’t have that midday crash in energy. Grab a handful of grapes, or use citrus fruits as a quick pick-me-up. Oranges, or even lemon added to your water, can perk you up if you start slumping.
A great high fiber, high carbohydrate snack that won’t pack on pounds is popcorn. Eat the healthier versions, not those laden with tons of movie theater butter slathered all over it.
Other than snacks, there are other options that you can eat throughout the day to keep your energy up. Flavor your meal with some spicy herbs for a quick energy boost. Foods with capsaicin – like hot chili peppers – can boost your energy and provide other health benefits as well.
Iron-rich foods like leafy green vegetables can supply you with tons of energy. When your iron levels wane, it makes you feel weak and lethargic. Try greens like kale, spinach, collard, mustards and turnips. You can eat these anytime, however if you add these to your breakfast /and or lunch, it will keep your energy levels up so you can be more productive throughout the day.
Find a food cooked with curry! Not only is it delicious, but curry stabilizes blood sugar to prevent crashes. It also helps with the circulation in your body to keep your body well oxygenated.
And don’t forget water! Although it’s a drink and not a food, it’s what helps keep your body operating in tip top shape at a cellular level. Without proper hydration, it won’t matter what foods you eat because the nutrients won’t be able to do their job.
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