After a hard days work in the office a dose more energy will help us get through that evening gym session.
Hardworking mums know what it’s like to feel drained by 12 o’clock!
Teens taking their important exams are usually burning the candle at both ends.
Tiredness can be caused by several factors:
Poor food choices
Lack of sleep
Lack of exercise
So what are the best energy giving foods that we can eat to counteract this tiredness?
No.1 on the list is the Acai Berry.
This humble berry has been used and known for centuries as a strong rejuvenator to native Brazilians in the Amazon region. A handful of these energy giving berries can help boost mental and physical energy
to give you that extra oomph to help you through your workout.
No. 2: Salmon
Salmon and other oily fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. These provide energy, in addition to promoting heart health.
Try an energy boosting meal with grilled salmon, salad and sweet potato.
No. 3: Oatmeal
Start your day off with a warm bowl of oatmeal. Top with energy giving blueberries, strawberries or raspberries.
Berries are high in an anti-inflammatory compounds which may help reduce heart disease and diabetes, and improve eyesight and short-term memory. Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast as it doesn’t affect the blood sugar level, which means it won’t contribute to crashes.
No. 4 : Green Tea
More than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits – particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease- has been more than intriguing, as have several studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.
No. 5: Almonds
Pack some almonds and nuts for a quick and convenient protein snack. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds’ ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds’ monounsaturated fats.
In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains almost 99 mg of magnesium plus 257 mg of potassium.
Finally, No. 6:
One of the most overlooked “performance enhancing” supplements out there is WATER!
Everyone needs at least six to eight glasses of fluid per day to be properly hydrated. If you exercise, you need more.
The common recommendation is that the average, inactive person should consume at least six to eight ounces of water per day. In reality, you should probably be taking in about double that (on top of the water you take in from other foods). Start carrying a 500ml water bottle around with you during the day. Aim to refill it every three to four hours. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you get just from staying adequately hydrated.