Today’s world takes a lot of energy to handle; eating properly is a “must” for getting through the day! Dump the caffeine, reduce the sugar and increase the natural vitamins in your daily diet. In fact, it’s the mainstay combination of vitamins, proteins and antioxidants that bring everything into sync. The old saying “you are what you eat” is not far off, here. What you eat is a big factor in determining how you feel. To boost your energy, keep these elements in mind:
Morning protein, (poached eggs, for example), will rev up your motor and keep it humming for hours; at least until lunch time. Eating proteins for lunch, dinner and snacks allow your body to absorb “useable” calories. Instead of chips or candy, go for:
- Lean meats, such as ham or turkey sausage sticks (unprocessed)
- Chicken, fish, lamb & veal
- Nuts and nut spreads
Sweet or tangy, juicy or firm, Mother Nature brings out her best from the orchard. Not only is fruit a good source of vitamin C and other elements, but its sweetness can curb a sugar-fix craving. Grab an apple, orange, banana, pear, plum or a handful of grapes. Other fruits that will help boost your energy include tomatoes, avocados, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and pomegranates — just to name a few, and only a few.
Foods that pack a lot of carbohydrates help to increase energy levels, but not everything you see at the grocery store is “good for you.” For breakfast, instead of that easy-to-reach donut or those processed foods like frozen waffles, try whole grains such as:
- Wheat toast
- Wheat-based cereals
Your mother told you to eat all your vegetables, and she was right! In addition to vitamins and iron, fiber-enriched foods like beans, lentils and various legumes are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Veggies of different colors add necessary nutrients to your diet … nutrients that turn into energy. The next time you’re at the grocery store, go for the green! Add celery, broccoli, zucchini, spinach and sprouts to your lettuce salad. Red vegetables like beets, peppers and radishes add some tang to the tongue. Yellow veggies could include peppers, squash and yes, even tomatoes.
Whether you prefer it cooked or raw (like sashimi or sushi), fish is an excellent source of protein, and low in fat, too! You’ve heard the term “brain food” and it’s not just a marketing tool; because protein equals energy, eating more fish will help keep you alert throughout the day. Recommended:
- Shellfish (clams, shrimp & Oysters)
All in all, keeping alert and at your best during the day all depends on how you fuel the fire. It’s OK to have an occasional sugar or caffeine fix, but don’t count on these artificial stimulants to bring your energy level up; it may happen for a short while but the eventual drop in blood sugar levels will result in a hard fall. Plan ahead and you’ll stay energized throughout the day!