With so many companies exploiting the sluggishness epidemic with energy supplements, many of us forget that the source of our fatigue can be solved through alterations to our diets. With such a variety of fruits and vegetables jam packed with nutrients meant to sustain our energy levels, consider including some of these boosters into your daily intake:
Comprised mostly of glucose, fructose, sucrose, and fiber, bananas offer an outstanding source of energy. Chop them up and include them in your morning cereal or combine with peanut butter for an added protein bonus!
High in fiber, apples take longer to digest, providing you with a prolonged lift. Convenient and packable, apples make for a perfect snack when you start to feel that midday dullness.
Grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and limes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and folate. You’ll feel a steady rise in energy instead of a sugar rush. The vitamins in citrus aid in helping your body form amino acids, which regulate energy levels. One of the first signs of vitamin C deficiency is fatigue, so try and pack in some citrus to see if you can solve your tiredness at its source.
Spinach is rich in iron, a key energy production component. Eat spinach at lunch to avoid a slump in the afternoon. If you’re not a fan of the taste, you can easily sneak it into your smoothies and mask the taste with yummy fruits!
High in B-vitamins, copper and phosphorous, edamame soybeans assist in breaking down carbohydrates to convert them into glucose for fuel, and also aid in transporting oxygen throughout the body. A great pre or post exercise snack, steamed edamame with a pinch of salt is a great source of protein to build muscles.
Trumping oranges in vitamin C levels, strawberries are a delicious way to fight off sluggishness and can help to improve and sustain your eyesight. Fresh or blended, strawberries are always a treat!
An amazing source of complex carbs, sweet potatoes break down slowly in the body to provide you with added energy and reducing feelings of hunger between meals. Baked, mashed, grilled, or boiled, you can’t go wrong!
A super snack containing many nutrients like manganese, copper, vitamins C, B1 and B6 and fiber, pineapple give you an instant kick and have the added bonus of being sweet and tasty!
Chock full of electrolytes, coconuts in any form provide you with an energy burst without the sugar crash that comes with other sweets.
The potassium and healthy fats in avocado provide a jolt of energy and can be easily included in every recipe. Filling and fortified with nutrients, you can skip out on the afternoon slump.
Relying on one specific energy source, like coffee, tea, or supplements, can prevent you from understanding your body’s nutritional needs! Include a variety of energy rich foods and take notice of how your body responds to the change in diet. Eat balanced meals throughout the day and avoid simple carbs and sugars to ensure continual energy levels throughout the day without the crash. At Fresh Kitchen, we believe in providing the most quality meals and juices to keep you full and fueled throughout the day! Come on into our restaurant and juice bar in Boca Raton and have a taste of energy, and get some inspiration for your home cooked meals!