Nine foods for sustained energy

Monday, 15 May 2017

Feeling the back-to-work slump? Weekends and public holidays often leave us feeling more tired than ever and getting into the normal nine to five routine can be challenging. If you find yourself struggling to focus and keep your eyes open at your desk (and napping pods were unfortunately not yet introduced in your workplace), ditch that burger during lunch and try eating your way to a revived self. These energy-boosting – and energy sustaining – foods, could help give lethargy the boot.

1. Bananas

Providing you with loads of potassium, bananas will keep you energised throughout the day and right on through your gym session. They are also rich in B vitamins, giving you that instant hit of energy you need.

2. Oats

Oats are another yummy source of B vitamins, and are low GI, providing your body with a steady stream of energy. Because they are full of fibre, they also keep your digestion on track and maintain normal, and steady, sugar levels. Important though, is to stick to the natural, original oats and avoid those instant options!

3. Lentils, beans and chickpeas

With these three fibre-rich foods, you can get the best of both worlds – carbohydrates and protein. They also contain stacks of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and copper. With a slow release of glucose, these energy boosters are a must on any grocery list!

4. Salmon

Already known to be one of the super foods, this fish is a powerful mix of protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. Protecting your heart, giving your energy and brainpower a boost, salmon will keep you going all day, every day.

5. Nuts

Nuts (almonds, cashews and the rest) are a great pick-me-up, helping to improve focus and mental clarity. They are full of healthy fats, protein, magnesium and carbohydrates, so combine them with some grains and dried fruit to make a delectable, energy-filled trail mix, or grab a handful as a snack.

6. Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? It’s true! Not only are apples a great source of fibre and vitamin C, but they also contain boron – a mineral that, among other things, improves brain function and cognitive performance.

7. Spinach

It is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, and is considered to be an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and iron. Spinach will restore energy levels and reduce stress to leave you feeling fresh and revitalised!

8. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants. We all rejoiced about the findings that proved chocolate was good for us. It turns out, it’s also ideal for reviving and maintaining energy levels as it contains caffeine (makes sense) and compounds such as phenylethylamine (a chemical related to amphetamines and raises blood pressure and blood glucose levels) and tyramine (an amino acid that helps regulate blood pressure). Don’t get too excited though – dark chocolate still contains sugar, fat and calories along with the caffeine, so be sure to consume it in moderation!

9. Sweet potato

Carbs, glorious carbs! Loaded with vitamin A, C and B6, these babies will give you a good boost. Unlike regular spuds, they won’t leave you feeling tired and ready for a nap after lunch and they have fewer calories. Score! Enjoy them baked or have some sweet potato crisps for an enjoyable snack.

 

 

 

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  1. Ariesha Govender

    I totally agree with eating healthy but sometimes fatigue can be linked to some other health issue, which is why you should always look at doing tests, to ensure everything is normal.

    3 months ago •

  1. WAFIQA ABBAS

    I am fasting so these foods will definitely help boost my energy.

    4 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Ramadan Kareem Wafiqa. xoxo

      4 months ago •

  1. Tembisa Maqungu

    Glad to see I’m on the right path as my groceries always contain these foods and lately i’m super obsessed with chickpeas. I have them almost every day.

    4 months ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    Love informative health articles like this! Very nice to have access to this information during stressful times – where extra energy really goes a long way

    4 months ago •

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