Who doesn’t want a little extra pep in their step?
Whether you’ve got a massive day ahead at the office or you’re looking for a boost for some weekend fun, we’ve collected nine foods you can eat for more energy.
Energy boosting foods
Fresh fruits are packed with natural sugar, fibre and nutrients, making them a high-energy breakfast, snack or mid-afternoon pick me up. We especially like bananas as they’re one of nature’s best pre-packaged snacks – so much healthier than something covered in a wrapper.
An egg is a complete source of protein that is naturally rich in B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for converting food into energy in the body. Try eating a hard boiled egg if you’re looking for a quick energy boost.
Quinoa is a protein-rich pseudo-grain which can replace many other more traditional carbs in your diet. You’ll also find that quinoa is packed with nutrients like magnesium, folate and phosphorus, which can help with sustainable energy production.
Pistachios, cashews, almonds and other nuts have a winning combination of fibre, protein and healthy fats that tally up to a satisfying and energy increasing snack. Don’t go overboard; a handful will do. Also, try for natural nuts, not roasted and salted.
Succulent salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are needed for energy production. They’re also going to help your body out by helping with lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and improving brain activity. The high protein content of salmon is going to keep you satisfied, making it a smart choice for an energy boost.
A potent mix of protein, complex carbs and fibre, hummus may be the perfect slow-burner of an energy boost. Pair it with nutrient-dense veggie dippers of capsicum, carrots and cucumber for a go anywhere snack you’ll love. Also a great alternative to mayo, butter and margarine on your lunchtime wrap or sanga.
Technically not food, but super essential for energy. Water is crucial for proper levels of hydration which allow your bodily systems to work at the optimum levels. How much water should you be drinking? We’ve answered this question before, check out our post.
Packed with magnesium and iron, dark chocolate is an excellent food to turn to when you need an increase in energy. It also contains the natural stimulant theobromine which will boost not only your energy but also your mood. Make sure you go for quality over quantity and choose chocolate with high cocoa content – 70% and over.
Whether it’s plain or Greek, yoghurt contains a whole lot of probiotics as well as protein – both great for your energy levels. Make sure you avoid flavoured yoghurts that are loaded with added sugar. Instead, opt for natural varieties and mix in fresh fruit or chopped nuts.
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