Have you ever felt so groggy after a meal that it has affected your productivity at your workspace? It’s not a good feeling, especially if it hampers your office meeting or your dinner date with your partner. But did you know that you can avoid feeling tired by incorporating the right kind of foods (and exercise)? Not sure what the “right” foods are? Here are five energy boosting foods to get you started.
Nuts are a delicious way to get your protein in your diet and they make for a handy snack as well. Almonds are a rich source of 6g of protein per ounce and are also rich in calcium.Walnuts are high in ALAs, peanuts are rich in folate and Vitamin E. By including nuts in small doses through the day, you can control the amount you consume while at the same time avoiding untimely hunger pangs. This also keeps your energy sustained throughout the day.
2. Citrus Fruits
All fruit, in general, is a great energy booster. The natural sugar rush is something your brain and your body look forward to.But, citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, mandarins, and grapefruit stimulate the sensory systems in the brain and give you a powerful jolt, especially at the start of the day or after a heavy meal.
3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains less sugar and has more cocoa content, bringing with it a host of goodness. Every 100 grams of cocoa is loaded with 11 grams of fiber, as well as a great amount of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc and phosphorus. Many of these are vital for enhanced oxygenation of the muscles, for healthy blood circulation and more.It even gives you a small dose of caffeine for that perfect wake-me-up after a long day at work.
4. Dark Leafy Greens
Apart from being the go-to iron resource, green veggies are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, iron, and calcium. Spinach, kale, broccoli, and cabbage are loaded with fiber that keeps things moving in your gut. This keeps bloating at bay, making you feel more energized throughout the day. Include at least 2-4 cups of green veggies per week.
Though water is our number one go-to drink for express hydration, it also keeps your energy levels stable. If your body is not hydrated enough, your brain will simply refuse to perform. If you drink enough water during and after your workout, you will be able to significantly balance your stress levels and retain necessary muscle mass. Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content is good for you not just because of the nutrients they deliver to your body, but also because they can improve your hydration
And there you go! Next time you feel a slump coming, just go ahead and grab one of these foods. Also, don’t forget to combine these healthy eats with exercise. If going to the gym is not possible, then at least stretch, walk, run or do yoga. Being consistent with your diet and your food will keep you feeling energized with a clearer mind and body.