Sometimes its hard to find the energy to get through a loooonnnggggg day. And although there are hundreds of (shady) products out there that can provide your body with a quick burst of energy it’s not always the best choice for your body…in fact it might actually be dangerous.
Oh…and I am talking about trying to get your senses going with energy drinks like Redbull, Rockstar, Burn, Monster, Full Throttle..the list can go on.
But seeing how you may need a little burst of energy to prevent you from falling asleep at your desk, there are 4 foods that can kick your body right awake!
Eating oatmeal can is something that should be on your breakfast list almost every morning. It’s high in fiber, low in fat, and low in calories. Plus, consuming oatmeal helps prevent heart disease by lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing your good cholesterol (HDL). Oatmeal’s also great because it’s a meal in which you can customize and be as creative as you want. You can top it off with fruit, nuts, or berries for some added flavor, nutrients and a whole lot of energy!
Yogurt’s one of my favorite high-energy foods. This calcium-rich food keeps your bones staying super strong and helps fight off any infections by increasing your immune system. Another added benefit is the live bacteria in yogurt. The good bacteria help to keep your intestinal tract functioning at its optimal level. Now you don’t need to go out and buy the yogurt with high fat or extra fat content. You’ll get the same benefits with the low-fat or non-fat versions. Just like oatmeal you can also add fruits, nuts, berries, or high fiber cereals to give your yogurt an extra kick in nutritional value and flavor.
Spinach is a vegetable that’s packed with vitamins, minerals and super healing powers. On top of all that, it’s a great source for antioxidants, and folic acid that will help protect you from many diseases. Research has also shown that spinach may lower your risk of strokes, colon cancer, cataracts, heart disease, osteoporosis, hip fractures, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and even birth defects (WOW, thats a mouthfull).
Canned Salmon, Tuna, or Sardines
Heart health is all over the news these days. Salmon, tuna, and sardines are three types fish that are loaded with essential, heart-healing, inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Getting these fish into your daily eating plan is pretty easy. You can just add them to a fresh tossed spinach salad (notice how I made it a “spinach” salad? ), a sandwich or as a snack on some healthy crackers.
There yah have it, if your body is craving some energy or you just need a little energy boost before a workout session, try your luck with one of the four foods above.
As always if you have any questions or comments leave ‘em below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.