Help Boost Your Energy Naturally
Foods that Fuel Energy
Of all of the advice experts give on energy boosting practices, food has perhaps the greatest influence. Do you find that you need more energy when you wake up in the morning? What you eat even before breakfast and your morning workout can make a huge difference in setting up your energy levels throughout the day. Do you tend to only eat three square meals a day at best and avoid snacking? You are likely not taking in enough nutrients and foods needed to sustain healthy blood sugar levels from morning through night. A great schedule to practice would look something like this:
When you first wake up
- Glass of lemon water and a granny smith apple
- 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms and a sliced tomato or oatmeal with coconut milk sweetened with stevia and ½ of a avocado and a glass of water
- ¼ cup of raw walnuts and a glass of water
- ½ cup of chicken salad with herb vinaigrette dressing on a garden salad and a glass of water
- Carrot sticks and peanut butter and a glass of water
- Pizza on a whole wheat tortilla with roasted chicken, fish or hummus and your favorite veggies such as spinach, tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc. and season with a small amount of salt, pepper, basil, dried oregano and a little cheese—try feta, goat cheese or blue cheese for variety or stick with mozzarella or cheddar with a glass of water. Note: if that isn’t enough to fill you up for dinner, add a garden salad, some roasted vegetables or a brown rice and mushroom warm salad.
After dinner snack
- ¼ cup of ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese) and 1 oz. shaved dark chocolate or sliced fresh fruit with a glass of water or herbal tea
One of the most important things to note is that the focus of your energy boosting food choices throughout the day should be to choose a variety of whole natural foods comprised of vegetables, meats, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains in small amounts and to reduce or eliminate any processed foods that contained refined sugar and additives such as flavor enhancers and artificial preservatives and coloring. Also, there is a significant difference between a snack and a treat. The items listed above are examples of healthful snacks that should be consumed daily while treats that can be eaten in small quantities rarely would include potato and corn chips, ice cream and frozen yoghurt, cookies and muffins, candy and sugary sodas.
If you’re not known for having a big appetite, and you’re looking at the list above thinking to yourself that you just can’t imagine eating that much food in a day, don’t worry. Consider juicing or blending raw vegetables and small amounts of fruit to help infuse your day with vital nutrients to help you maintain your energy and blood sugar levels throughout the day without having to eat and digest whole foods frequently.
Try a bruschetta vegetable smoothie by blending:
- 1 cup of fresh water
- 4 roma tomatoes,
- 1 cup of spinach,
- ¼ cup of basil,
- 1 clove of garlic,
- ¼ tsp. chili flakes,
- ½ cucumber,
- 1 tsp. chia seeds and
- Spices and pepper to taste.
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