Caffeine may be the obvious choice for those morning and midday slumps, however there are many healthier alternatives to give you a long lasting energy boost.
Citrus and water are both great sources of energy so why not put the two together? Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water, this will not only provide your body with energy boosting nutrients but also aids weight loss as lemon contains pectin fiber which absorbs water creating a feeling of fullness.
Healthy fats are essential in providing energy in our diet. We tend to steer clear of anything under the category of ‘fat’, often under the belief that they not only bring unwanted calories but also make you lethargic. However, that can be attributed to the quantity and the type of fats that are being consumed. Healthy fats help the body in absorbing antioxidants, which are vital in the production of energy. Salmon is a great source of healthy fat, rich in omega-3.
Skip iceberg lettuce and add an energy-boost to your salad by using nutrient-rich kale as a base. Kale is also great sautéed as a side dish, chopped into soups, and tossed with whole-wheat pasta. Kale contains the amino acid L-tyrosine, which helps give you a mental lift, as well as a number of antioxidants and fiber to fill you up and help keep your blood sugar stable
Kefir is the latest super food to take the health and fitness industry by storm and for obvious reasons. Rich in energy enhancing B vitamins alongside a number of other healthy probiotics this is a healthier alternative to yoghurt.
Craving something sweet? Cherries have an abundance of health benefits, packed full of natural sugars and B vitamins they provide you with a natural boost of energy.