Do you remember that cartoon Popeye? Just a bit of spinach would supercharge him from a seemingly normal man to a man with mighty strength. What if that could happen in real life? What if you just had to consume a certain type of food to transform yourself into a person with more energy and more stamina? It turns out that you can!
Food that can boost your energy
The middle of the day lull can be a real experience, especially during the work week. A couple hours after that first cup of coffee can feel like a drag if you’re not eating the right foods. There are claims to suggest that food is medicine, so it’s not a complete stretch of the imagination to say that certain foods can influence your energy levels. From eggs to spinach, breakfast to dinner, these are some options that you can add to your diet if you want to get over that undesirable, sluggish slump, (try saying that three times fast).
Eggs, Oatmeal, Greek Yogurt
What do these three food items have in common? They’re all breakfast foods! Pardon the cliché, but breakfast really is the most important meal. Not only does breakfast help to energize you for the rest of your day, this study suggests that it can also help to curb your urge to overeat later in the day and prevent long-term weight gain. Win, win.
Spinach, Kale, Broccoli
If we’re feeling fatigued, it’s often due to a lack of iron in our diet. Spinach, kale, and broccoli are dark green veggies that are rich in iron. According to Health, a lack of iron “can cause fatigue and impair physical and mental endurance,” and “nearly 10% of women between the ages of 20 to 49 are iron-deficient.” We can fix that!
Quinoa, Lentils, Beans
The benefits of quinoa are pretty extraordinary, so it’s no wonder why it’s considered a superfood. One cup of quinoa has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. You can compare this to a boiled egg, which has only 6 grams of protein and zero grams of fiber.
Lentils are low in calories but high in nutrition. They’re easy to cook and they’re packed with fiber, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. And if you eat a primarily plant-based diet then lentils are an excellent go-to for your daily intake of protein.
Similar to lentils, consuming beans will also help to curb that midday tired feeling. Beans are high in protein and they’re a complex carbohydrate, which aids in blood flow to the brain and providing energy to the body.
Chia Seeds, Blueberries, Nuts
Chia seeds are small but mighty. They expand in your stomach after you consume them, making you feel fuller, quicker. According to MedicalNewsToday, “chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.” Because of this even ratio of vitamins and minerals, you won’t experience a drop in blood sugar aka that dreadful energy crash.
Nuts like almonds and cashews are also loaded with similar nutrients. A handful of almonds is a wonderful snack to enjoy in the middle of the day. And if your sweet tooth is craving a bit more, you can consider snacking on blueberries. They’re sweet, but they’re actually low in sugar. Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants and are sometimes referred to as, “the fruit of youth,” because of that reason.
You’re (no longer) getting sleepy…
Do you ever experience the midday tired-bug? If so, what do you do to remedy the situation? Is that cup of coffee in the afternoon a good idea, or would you rather make a slight change to your diet? We love to hear your thoughts. Start the conversation by leaving a comment or question below.
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