Does keeping up with the energy levels of your child leave you exhausted? Yearning for some ‘me’ time with your cup of coffee? Stop right there. If you depend on caffeine to bolster your flagging energy reserves, then pay attention. I have a few words of wisdom for you. The adrenal stimulants like caffeine can produce dirty energy in the form of blood sugar swings and oxidative stress. Read on to know about other energy boosting foods instead.
Freshly squeezed lemon water is one of the most well-tested energy boosters known. Lemon water produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to provide abundant energy and mental clarity. Fresh lemon maximizes enzyme function and stimulates the liver’s natural enzymes.
Lemon is a rich source of immune-boosting vitamin C and electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It is an excellent source of citrus bioflavonoids, and antioxidant phytonutrients which are known as vitamin P. These bioflavonoids improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow.
The natural sugar present in fruits releases quick energy when you are tired. Fresh fruits packs in lots of fiber, it helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Research says that fruits are ranked at the top with a high satiety index. They have 1.7 times more the ability to keep hunger at bay than white bread.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, huckleberries, and gooseberries are all packed with antioxidants and vitamins. These little fiber bombs are some of the most nutritionally dense foods available on the planet. You can make an energizing breakfast smoothies with them. You can snack on bananas, cherries, apples, pears, grapefruit, apricot, peaches, figs, and grapes.
Almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts are rich sources of magnesium. They play a vital role in converting sugar to energy. Walnuts provide omega 3 fatty acids and alpha linoleic acid. These nutrients are good for your heart.
Nuts are filled with fiber which helps to keep your blood sugar levels healthy and protein to increase your satiety value. You can keep a packet of mixed nuts in your bag or desk drawer and munch on it to stay energetic all day.
Dark chocolate significantly boosts your cardiovascular health. This derivative of cocoa increases nitric acid levels in the body. Nitric oxide dilates your blood vessels and reduces oxygen consumption which greatly increases your energy levels. Nibble on some dark chocolate as a post-lunch dessert to fight off your midday slump. Dark chocolate contains natural stimulant theobromine which boosts your energy and uplifts your mood.
Hummus is a nutritious Middle Eastern dish. It contains chickpeas, sesame paste or tahini and olive oil as its ingredients. You can season hummus with garlic, lemon juice, cumin and black pepper. It is low in sodium and high in protein. According to the American Heart Association, the plant-based fats present in chickpeas helps control your cholesterol levels. Spread a tablespoon of hummus on whole grain crackers or tortilla chips.
You can dip baby carrots, zucchini, cauliflower florets, broccoli, red pepper slices and sugar snap peas in hummus as a tasty snack. Make delicious sandwiches with hummus, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, romaine lettuce on whole grain bread. Cut the bread into small sections to make snack-sized sandwiches. You can prepare hummus at home with this recipe.
Chronic fatigue wreaks havoc on your immune system and makes you susceptible to depression, and chronic diseases. Proper nutrition and the right timing of your eating habits works miracles and makes you feel alerted and powerful. Try these fatigue busting foods and stay alert emotionally and physically. Take good care of yourself, only then will you be able to take good care of your little one!
Swarnambal John is an experienced health and wellness writer. She writes the blog healthyhomosapien. She is also a contributor to a couple of prestigious online magazines.