I think we’re all looking for more energy, right? But the problem is we are used to trying to find it in the wrong places. We guzzle coffee and other caffeinated beverages, but they only offer a quick jolt that won’t last throughout the day.
The best way to get energy is actually in the food we eat. This summer, let’s try to change the paradigm and aim to get more energy from the food and less from the stimulating beverages we all love. To help guide you, I’ve selected a few of my favorite naturally energizing foods for you to try.
Why start your day famished? Opt for a bowl of Muesli with skimmed milk or yoghurt, add slices of fresh fruits and enjoy a hearty breakfast along with getting an instant energy kick. Besides helping boost energy, Mueslis also aid in weight management. It is rich in fibre and protein and has zero cholesterol, making it good for your heart too. A healthy blend of rolled oats, corn flakes, wheat flakes and fruit crushes; it is definitely healthier than other sugary cereals.
Avocados are a power food chock-full of healthy fats as well as electrolytes magnesium and potassium (both help to promote healthy muscle function and hydration). Avocados are also anti-inflammatory and help to promote balanced and healthy blood sugar, which is great for helping you stay fueled for your many summer activities.
Detoxifying is essential to survive in the baking heat. Why not purify yourself every morning with a glass of lemonade adding a dash of honey? Known as the honey of a thousand flowers, Multifloral Honey is the purest, most distinct and healthiest form of honey available when compared to processed sugar. A truly remarkable substance, it is a blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids that help boost immunity, stimulate metabolism and is a good source of energy. It is also cholesterol-free and sodium-free. Add a dash of Multifloral Honey to your tea, bread, desserts and mueslis!
The biggest advantage of yogurt is that you can have it at any time. It contains protein, which boosts power, and calcium, which strengthens the bones. By topping with oats, honey, nuts and fruits, it makes a hearty snack.
Its plain variety is a healthy base for a light breakfast, lunch or even dinner. We can also replace mayonnaise with yogurt to make homemade salad dressing. The healthy probiotics in yogurt also help ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndromes.
One of the richest natural sources of protein, Spirulina is a complete food for the body. It contains essential fatty acids along with vitamins, minerals as well as antioxidants. It builds immunity, helps protect eyesight and also fights stress. So pop one or two Spirulina every day and get an energy boost that keeps you going throughout the day.
They are the frontliners when it comes to fighting fatigue. Beans are also a versatile food which you can have at any time—for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The list of nutrients in beans is too long, with iron, minerals and vitamins forming a major part of it. Nowhere else can one find a combination which is low in fat, high in fibre and packed with protein. You don’t want to miss this power punch.
This green leafy vegetable is another great fatigue fighting food that is available in the market. It helps produce energy and combat tiredness as it is rich in iron.
We can add spinach leaves to sandwiches, soups or other healthy snacks. One can choose from a variety of options like the traditional Indian palak paneer or a glass of spinach juice.
Granola Bars are the ultimate energy snack bars. A delicious mix of various healthy ingredients, Granola Bars are packed with a variety of nutrients. These intensely flavoured bars are the perfect pre-workout snack that will energize you to go that extra mile in the gym.