Foods revitalize you, repair your tissues, make you stronger and above all else food is essentially fuel. A very important objective of nourishment is to keep your energy levels high. A dip in these levels can make you feel fatigued, bog you down with bad moods and if it is severe, can even cause unconsciousness.
Some foods have the essential properties to give you a dash of energy faster than others. They are an absolute necessity if you have demanding jobs or indulge in intense workouts. So we have handpicked a few foods that can send your energy levels into a healthier drive:
FRUITS & DRIED FRUITS: The first option to go with is fruits. They are natural, fresh and don’t require any preparation. Among them, bananas top as they are packed with carbs, potassium and vitamin B6, all of which translates to quick energy level spikes. If you can’t get hold of bananas or don’t like them too, you can go for other fruits too, like apples. Dried fruits have the same benefits minus the water content. Dried cherries or dried cranberries are especially yum.
DRY FRUITS: Having a hard time in the office, or feeling a little low? If you do and can’t get a finger on what’s causing your dullness, it’s probably because your body is running out of juice. And you need to refuel real quick but if it’s not lunchtime or you can’t afford a long break, it’s best to carry some nuts like cashews, almonds or pistachios with you at all times. They have a decent amount of carbs and fibers to provide you with a sustained boost of energy.
ENERGY BARS: This might come off as an obvious choice but energy bars are called energy bars for a reason. There are lots of healthy energy bars out there made from whole wheat, granola, quinoa, and other grains. They are usually loaded with chocolates or dried fruits/nuts. These are a must if you plan to exert yourself too much through physical or mentally straining activity. The fact that you can find an energy bar in any star athlete’s inventory is proof enough of its effectiveness. Bars can serve a host of purposes and there are many kinds like protein bars, keto bars, and even lean bars.
GREEN TEA: Coffee or tea has caffeine in it which improves your energy levels. Coffee is low-calorie produce but it can keep you alert and focused throughout the day. A cup of coffee only has 2 calories in it. But it facilitates the release of a hormone called epinephrine which stimulates your brain and causes you to be alert. Next time you feel a little low have some green tea or masala chai.
QUINOA: Quinoa is a superfood that has attained well-deserved popularity recently. One cup of quinoa has 39 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and has many essential vitamins and minerals. Though it is high on carbs, it has a very low glycemic index, which means that it is digested slowly. If you have quinoa, you get a sustained release of energy over a longer duration unlike what happens when you have something like rice or wheat, which provides a rapid energy spike. It is always better to have a sustained release as a sudden surge may be followed by an equally hasty dip. This can cause serious mood variations and may affect your overall performance. Many scientific studies also suggest that quinoa has weight loss benefits.
As your doctor must have already told you, “it’s important to have your breakfast.” You break a fast and recharge yourself to go about your work for the rest of the day. If you want your energy levels to be at optimum levels it is recommended to munch on some healthy snack intermittently.