Got sluggish-ness? Feeling like you can’t get off the couch?
How about some tips on natural energy boosts that can keep you going all day without sacrificing good nutrition. There are a few foods that’ll give you the kick that a cup of coffee, a can of cola or a sugary candy bar can (without the un-healthy consequences).
If you’re watching your weight, the challenge is finding foods that can not only give you a boost, but are good for you as well.
The goal in planning your daily diet is to focus on meals that are low in fat, high in fiber, contain protein and have complex carbs. This ensures a slow breakdown of sugars and regular energy throughout the day.
Start the day off right!
Having a good breakfast is the first and most important step in building up your energy stores to get through a busy day. Even if you aren’t particularly hungry, you should eat within four hours of waking.
What you eat for breakfast should account for about 25 percent of the day’s calories, so go for low-fat, high-fiber cereal and mild or a complex carb such as a bagel with juice.
During the week, I do not have time to sit down to breakfast. So I fix myself a healthy smoothie and drink it while I commute. I try to use seasonal or organic fruits and veggies to get a few servings of those. Then I pack it full of protein and fiber.
Try my Berry Thick ‘n Creamy Chocolate Smoothie! Who does’t love chocolate for breakfast?! 😀
Staying hydrated can also help.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day can keep you from feeling sluggish and tired. I sometimes get sick of straight water. Try infused water. Cucumber-mint infused water is especially refreshing (sounds weird, I know, but it is really good!). Adding a lemon wedge is another way to add flavor to “plain” water.
Choose wholesome snacks
Snacks can also provide the body with the energy it needs. Just be sure to choose wholesome snacks rather than those loaded with artificial sugars or fat. Go for fruit, a few baby carrots, some cheese or a handful of nuts, a glass of milk, a few whole grain crackers or even a piece of dark chocolate. Snacks that fit in your purse or can be stored in a desk drawer for easy access will ensure you get the quick boost you need when your energy starts to flag.
How do you boost your energy during the day? You can share your tips in the comment section below.
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