a simple lifestyle blog
Food is a funny thing.
I eat when I’m hungry or sometimes when I am bored, but I don’t always think of having an energy-boosting snack when I am feeling totally drained and exhausted.
I know there are some obvious foods that are supposed to give you energy.
Nut butters, whole grains (like steel cut or rolled oats), chia seeds, etc.
Its not that I don’t love these foods (because, really, I do), but its always nice to have some other options just in case…
I find that I like to be well-informed as to the “why” and “how” on most things, you know, middle child syndrome.
Here’s what I found:
– Eating the right combination of food will help maximize their energy-boosting properties, such as: a fruit or veggie with a whole grain, a lean protein, a plant based fat (e.g. coconut oil, seeds, avocado) and an herb or spice.
– Iron may help women feel more energized, but nearly 10% between the ages of 20 and 49 are iron-deficient. This can cause fatigue and hinder mental and physical endurance.
– Iron is also necessary for delivering oxygen to cells and a deficiency has been shown to decrease immunity.
– Eating iron-rich foods (e.g. beans, lentils and spinach) alongside vitamin-C rich foods (e.g. kiwis, broccoli, bell peppers, citrus fruits) can help with iron absorption in the body.
– Eating real, wholesome foods over processed foods will help boost energy levels tremendously.
– Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine and skipping meals are the quickest ways to zap your energy.
– Eating fat-free dressing with your salad isn’t necessarily the way to go. Your body needs to absorb some fat in order to properly absorb the nutrients and antioxidants from the veggies and/or fruit in your salad.
Eating at least 70% dark chocolate provides extra magnesium and iron to keep your energy levels high.
This is a great replacement for caffeine as it is filled with loads of antioxidants that help sustain your energy level. For best results, use real ginger.
Sweet Potatoes, Yams & Winter Squash
The fiber that these starchy vegetables contain allow a slow release of energy that will allow you to stay alert longer. Except in the case of spaghetti squash and butternut kabocha, you can consume the skin for added nutrients.
These veggies are filled with selenium and sulfur, which help support liver detoxification and optimal organ function for increased energy levels. They also happen to be very low calorie while still having a high water and fiber content to help you feel full longer.
Honey is great for a quick boost of energy as well as a slow release of energy. Its glucose can be absorbed immediately while its fructose is absorbed over time. It is also an amazing source of carbohydrates (with 17 grams per tablespoon!), making it perfect for anyone on the go.
Peppermint Essential Oil (not really “food,” I know.)
The strong smell of peppermint has been shown to stimulate our trigeminal nerve, which enhances the focus of our thoughts and brain and can provide clarity to our thinking. The quickest way to reap these benefits is by placing a drop of oil on the nape of the neck and around the temples, but you can also brew up some peppermint tea to give you a boost of energy.
Water (Also not food. Sheesh.)
Being that almost 70% of our bodies are made up of water, it is vital for proper intestinal and organ function. It also aids in kidney and liver function, which encourages gastrointestinal regularity. When everything is functioning well on the inside, we can have extra energy on the outside; its that simple!
Except try some of the other stuff on my list before all the nachos and cookies because sugar crash.
Until next time, cheers!