GET ENERGY IN THE MORNING WITH THESE 5 FOODS
Last week we examined foods that help you sleep in this article. Now it’s time to have a look at those that help you wake up! It’s a fact that many of us can’t function in the morning unless the first drop of caffeine hits in. However, it’s not only coffee that can boost your energy and encourage you to get out of bed.
As compelling and quick pancakes with peanut butter and chocolate chip might sound, it’s pivotal to avoid unhealthy breakfasts, as research has revealed that poor nutrition connects to fatigue. Alternatively, energy-boosting foods offer the necessary ingredients to kick off your morning the right way. The energy-boosting foods can be defined as:
“First off, it will have a moderate amount of protein and/or fiber to keep you satiated for hours, as well as keeping your blood sugar steady and cravings at bay,” explains founder and owner of NYC Eat Well Deborah Malkoff-Cohen. “It should be packed with vitamins and minerals that help fuel all the body’s metabolic pathways, specifically iron, B12, and CoQ10.”
Banana: This fruit is high in carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin B6 which improves and maintains your energy levels. The fibre in ripe bananas releases sugar into the bloodstream faster than unripe bananas, so pick a yellow banana instead of green to fuel up.
Dates: Whether you add them to your energy balls recipe, baked goods, or by their own, dates are a delicious snack and sugar substitute. Easy to digest, they’re high in iron and potassium, they enhance bone health as they are packed in vitamin C and magnesium, and finally, they lower LDL in the body. Beat fatigue eating dates in moderation first thing in the morning.
Nuts and seeds: From almonds and walnuts to chia and sunflower seeds, the high levels of protein in these ingredients help you keep energised. Chia seeds are beneficial for waking your system up as they make you full by expanding into your stomach. On the other hand, nuts as Brazil nuts are loaded in magnesium which is the ideal sustained energy source.
Eggs: According to research published in the National Library of Medicine, a whole egg is one of the most nutritious foods, containing iron, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids (in the yolk), 7 grams of protein, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin which fight diseases. Whether you’re eating them scrambled or hard-boiled, they keep you satiated and active.