Are you feeling tired and like you want to hibernate at the moment? As we shake off the exhaustion of the winter months and go through a change of season a lot of us are feeling frazzled, but a great way to keep your energy levels high and your afternoon dips low is by eating food that boosts your energy levels and balances out your blood sugar levels. Food can be like medicine and health is wealth; we all know that while ‘discomfort food’ artificial, processed and refined food that comes in a packet like cookies, crackers, cake, crisps and chocolate bars may give us a brief burst of energy, soon after you’ll will get that familiar sleepy brain fogged feeling as the carb cravings start to kick in. If you’re feeling tired at the moment, packing your meals with lots of healthy food will help you feel happier, more energetic and ready to go out and embrace the joys of springtime.
Here are the top five fatigue-fighting foods that will not only burst your energy levels but also curb those carb cravings:
Amazing acai berries: I got hooked on acai berry bowls when I was in Brazil back in 2013; these little luxurious berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals, plus they are a potent antioxidant which help to combat accelerated ageing and prevent chronic illnesses. Consuming them regularly boosts your metabolism, lifts your energy levels, improves mental clarity, helps with digestive function and helps to remove unwanted fat and toxins. The best way to eat them is to freeze the berries, blend and eat with a spoon for a delicious meal. You can find them in most health shops or online in the form of powders that you could add to your smoothies in the morning or post-workout.
Go bananas: Bananas are an amazing source of potassium which helps to maintain the electrolyte balance in your body. Bananas make a wonderful snack pre workout to help boost your performance and energy levels. They are a complex carbohydrate so they also are great for boosting your mood and memory. They are low glycemic and naturally sweet, so are perfect to add into your smoothies, as an afternoon snack or a simple dessert.
Oh so yummy oatmeal: Organic gluten free oatmeal is a wonderful way to give yourself a powerful energy boost which is packed with energising iron, mood-boosting manganese and vitamin B for better memory and performance. If you have it for breakfast or brunch you’ll get a hefty dose of fibre and it’s packed with selenium which boosts your skin’s elasticity. Try adding toppings like avocado, black berries, nuts and seeds for a total energising, beautifying meal.
Crazy for cacao: Cacao is really making the headlines lately and how wonderful it is that dark chocolate is good for you! Not only is dark chocolate made from 80% cacao + a powerful antioxidant and superfood which helps combat accelerated ageing and illness, but it’s also a mega-energising, mood-elevating, memory-boosting natural food source. Having a few squares of cacao after lunch will help prevent those afternoon slumps and will give you a big boost of energy to keep you going until supper time. Cacao is a ‘feel good’ food and consuming it on a regular basis will have a positive impact on your overall health, beauty and wellbeing. Just remember to choose dairy-free and dark options.
Just beet it! Beets are a root vegetable packed with iron, vitamin C, betacarotene, and vimtain K. This is a combination that helps cleanse and detoxify your liver, flush untreated fat and toxins and boost your energy and performance. For maximum absorption and assimilation of the beetroot, adding them to you a fresh juice or smoothie is extremely effective and you feel results almost instantly. They are also great for your skin as they contain lypocene, which boosts skin elasticity and helps fight any damage to the skin from free radicals like sun damage, smoke and pollution.
Eating for energy is a wonderful way to fight fatigue, curb cravings, and combat afternoon dips. Try implementing these foods on a regular basis and watch your energy levels soar.
Ashley Siedentopf is a Registered Nutritionist, certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, the soon to be author of Feed Your Self Fabulous, a cooking /health talk host for Ashfab Nutrition on youtube, and loves creating nutritious and delicious recipes free from gluten, cows milk, and refined sugar that make you feel and look fabulous from the inside out. If you’d like to do a one to one online consultation with her, you can book here.