I really don't want to touch on the pandemic too much, but I have to say, since we've been thrown into another lockdown my energy levels have taken a huge slump. Late nights and even later mornings seem to be a horrendous cycle for me nowadays. Many of us shy away from energy drinks and medication to give us a kick - so if you're looking for some natural ways to get those energy levels heightened, here are some foods that you should totally add to your grocery list.
1. Brown rice
Rice in general is a great source of energy, but brown rice contains much more nutrients and provides amazing health benefits. Thanks to its fiber content, brown rice has a low glycemic index . Therefore, it could help regulate blood sugar levels and promote steady energy levels throughout the day.
2. Fatty fish
A simple serving of salmon can provide you with the recommended daily amount of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B-12. With omega-3 fatty acids proven to reduce inflammation, which is a common trigger of fatigue and vitamin B12 working with folate to produce red blood cells, this contributes to help iron work better in your body.
Eggs are jam packed with protein, therefore absolutely full of energy, so will help to keep you going throughout the day. They are also filled with the amino acid leucine, which stimulates energy production. Moreover, eggs are rich in B vitamins. These vitamins help enzymes perform their roles in the process of breaking down food for energy.
Apples are an amazing source of fibre and as they're rich in natural sugars and fibre, they provide a slow and sustained energy release. Research has shown that antioxidants may slow the digestion of carbs, so they release energy over a more extended period of time.
5. Goji Berries
Goji berries are brimming with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and are known to be an excellent source of fibre, which all help to slow digestion and release energy gradually. Goji berries are also loaded with iron and copper which help to energise the body and improve athletic performance. Perfect for when you need an energy boost to nail that workout.
Avocado lovers will probably know that they are an amazing superfood - thanks to all their health benefits. They’re rich in healthy fats, B vitamins, and fibre and have a considerable amount of healthy fats, which aid optimal blood fat levels and enhance the absorption of nutrients. They can also be stored in the body and used as energy sources.
7. Yerba maté Yerba maté is a drink made from the dried leaves of a plant originating from South America, which holds many health benefits. The leaves which contain antioxidants and caffeine, promote the production of the hormone epinephrine, which is known to increases energy. Amazingly, yerba mate aids focus and mood and does not affect blood pressure or heart rate, unlike many other stimulants.