More and more women are reporting feeling tired most of the time, and it seems energy drinks are becoming a daily essential, but why drink those when there are so many ways to boost your energy, naturally? Start this year with plenty of energy by including these great energy-boosting foods – without an addictive sugary snack in sight! Here are 8 ways to boost your energy.
1. Brown Rice
Okay, so white rice is much easier to cook, and it takes less time. But the health benefits of picking brown rice instead just can’t be ignored! It will keep you feeling fuller for longer, which is great for New Years’ diets, it releases energy slowly and steadily to prevent an energy crash and it can help with stress and digestive problems too. Well worth that extra cooking time, I think, which is why it's earned the top spot on my list of ways to boost energy.
It’s time to start eating porridge for breakfast again! Oats are undeniably good for you, and there are so many ways to eat them that everyone loves them, too. Being high in calcium, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, proteins and magnesium, they are sure to give you a boost, and they will make your skin look great too. Not only will you not be tired, but you’ll be radiant!
The media has gone mad for broccoli after it was revealed to have cancer-fighting qualities – and there are plenty of other reasons to keep piling it on your plate, too. Broccoli is a great source of fibre, folate, potassium and Vitamins A and C. It’ll keep you awake, looking good and feeling good. Win!
Wheat has a terrible reputation – but it’s pretty undeserved, too. When people report feeling sluggish and bloated, it’s usually the chemicals causing the problems. Opting for wholewheat and organic sources of wheat will eliminate the problem, and let you unlock all the good benefits of bread, including the extra energy. Your sandwiches will be much more tasty from now on!
When was the last time you cooked with lentils? Despite their cheap price and cheerful colours, lentils often top surveys as the most underused food. They can be added to soups, stews, bolognaise…and they are absolutely packed with energy. Check out Pinterest for some great lentil recipes that are bursting with taste!
6. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds were in everything for a while, after their health benefits were discovered. They are full of vitamins and minerals that improve vitality and energy, and they are small enough to be thrown over bread, muesli or made into halvah. They are said to increase sexual vigour, too – what an incentive!
Feeling tired on the move? Shops are full of snack bars and energy drinks that will give you a boost, but the sugar crash can be unbearable when they wear off. Instead, opt for an apricot. Dried or fresh, they are full of natural sugars, and will give you extra energy that lasts all day. I’ve even been experimenting with apricot desserts and breakfasts, so everybody gets the benefit.
Nuts are ideal for snacking on at work, or after the gym, and they are packed with health benefits. Walnuts can be sprinkled over a salad for a Mediterranean twist or enjoyed in a sneaky walnut whip, and almonds will go with almost anything. I’ve got a little bowl full of them on my desk! Just reach out when you feel a little fatigued, and get ready for a natural, long boost.
Stock up on these now, and you’ll have an effortless way to boost your energy right when you need it the most…and that’s not to mention the health and beauty benefits, too. What’s your secret to boosting your energy? I’d love to hear it!