I don’t know about you, but these cold and gray winter days have me feeling a little less energetic than usual. And like most of you, I NEED a good dose of it to get me through my busy days.
When I am feeling low in the energy department, the first thing I do is look at how I have been eating, how much sleep I am getting, and how much water I am drinking. More than likely, when we are feeling sluggish we simply need to get some nutrient-dense foods back into our system. There are several foods I use as my go-to’s for lasting energy without the crash.
Oatmeal is one of the easiest and most delicious meals ever. Oatmeal contains the healthy type of carbs and is a great source of the vitamins and minerals that give us energy. For instance, oatmeal contains vitamin B, thiamine, folate and niacin. Oatmeal is personalized energy! You can throw in whatever ingredients you like. To enjoy a warm bowl of delicious oatmeal, try this recipe:
Cook your oatmeal on the stove or in the microwave according to the package directions. Add a pinch of sea salt and two tablespoons of
Eggs can provide 30% of the protein your body requires and help to strengthen and build your muscles. They are rich in nutrients including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12, and B6 (the B vitamins that are essential for energy production).
Use eggs however you like. You can make an omelet, scramble them up, or simply hard-boil them. I love having hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick snack!
Plain Greek Yogurt/Kefir:
Yogurt may be an easy thing to snack on, but it also provides your body with an incredible amount of energy. It’s full of protein which helps slow food digestion so you can store the energy for a longer period of time.
Add some berries with slivered almonds to your yogurt. Or how about a kefir smoothie? Simply add chia seeds, a frozen banana, a little bit of honey, or even some greens. There are also beneficial strains of bacteria (aka probiotics) in yogurt and kefir to promote gut health, improve digestion, and even help your body to absorb more nutrients.
Shrimp is rich in vitamin B12 and very low in calories. Vitamin B12 helps your body produce energy at a much faster rate. Shrimp also contains omega 3 fatty acids, which help boost your mood and your energy levels.
This Mediterranean dish is made from various herbs, spices, and chickpeas. It also contains olive oil, lemon juice, and sesame seed paste. These ingredients provide the nutrients and healthy carbs needed to help our bodies produce energy. They also contain healthy fats and protein, which means that you will s
Mitochondria are the powerhouse of cells. Spinach contains nitrates that are responsible for improving the efficiency of mitochondria, helping provide energy to your cells. Use spinach in an egg scramble for a double dose of natural energy.
Bananas not only provide your body with energy but also help in storing it. They also make a great snack before you head to the gym.
Try adding some of these foods to your diet to boost your energy levels, but also be sure to watch your water intake throughout the winter months. It’s easy to forget about it on these cold winter days, but we need it for so many reasons and energy is one of them. For a quick boost, pour a tall glass of water with a pinch of sea salt in it! And remember that sea salt does not impact the body in the same way that straight sodium chloride does. Straight table salt and the sodium in processed foods are the problem. Not sea salt.:)