In the dead of winter, nobody really wants to get out of bed. After all, this weather is known for making people feel sluggish, worn out, lethargic, or groggy. However, it’s not something you can live with every day. So, how to increase your energy levels to beat fatigue? In order to continue getting your daily dose of energy, you must also alter your diet in light of the changing weather. You must consume the foods listed below for a natural energy boost.
Energy boosting foods
In an exclusive chat with Health Shots, Dt Divya Gopal, Consultant – Dietitian/Nutritionist, Motherhood Hospitals, Banashankari, Bengaluru, shared a list of the best foods to boost your energy level and reduce fatigue.
Gopal says, “Your body is your greatest ally, and you must treat it with the utmost care. To maintain the prime health of your body, you must ensure that it gets all the resources it needs to function properly, and nothing is better than adding the best to your plate.”
So here are 9 foods to add to your diet for instant energy:
1. Fruits and vegetables
You can never go wrong with eating fruits and vegetables. They will provide your body with nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, carbohydrates, fiber, and other essential minerals it needs to keep you energized.
2. Whole grains and complex carbs
Unlike refined carbs, whole grains and complex carbs will have the full benefits of the grain and they will also add carbohydrates and fiber to your diet. As a result, they can give you a quick shot of energy.
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3. Nuts and seeds
Eating nuts and seeds on a daily basis is the best-proven way to beat fatigue and fight hunger. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are the perfect mid-afternoon snack.
Bananas won’t just help you fight your hunger pangs but will also provide you with a quick boost of energy. Not to mention that it can be easily carried and can be eaten anywhere.
A bowl of oats can be a healthy start to your day. A bowl of oats is filled with fiber and even a little protein. Avoid going for heavily processed breakfast cereals.
6. Chia seeds
We can’t stop bragging about the nutrient content of chia seeds. Thanks to the carb content, healthy fats, and filling fiber, they made the perfect source of prolonged energy.
Avocados are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that’s why eating an avocado gives our body long-lasting energy. Not to mention that you can make a lot of healthy recipes using this tasty fruit.
We can’t ignore iron when it comes to energy-providing nutrients. Spinach is a good source of vitamin C, folate, and iron and Popeye was really right to have one spinach can always by his side.
Not only are they tasty, but eggs are a good source of protein and healthy fats. And there are many healthy, easy and tasty egg recipes out there to try.