When it comes to looking for the best superfoods, we have usually hit one of the following periods in our life:
- We are tired or run down and need a quick fix.
- We are feeling under the weather and miss all the times we could’ve eaten the fruit.
- It’s time to make some good changes in our lives.
Well. That is perfect because here is a post that is dedicated to telling you some of the foods that can up your energy levels. You probably already know them, but keep reading and see if there are any surprises.
Popcorn! What? Yes, amazingly these little fluffy moreish bites are super low calorie but great for upping your energy. It’s high in carbs and fibre, so it is pretty satisfying and works as a midday boost.
A 100g portion has a seriously good 15g of fibre and 78g of carbohydrates. Making them a slow energy release dream.
Obviously, you’re going to want to skip the salt, sugar and toffee. But opt for some cracked black pepper, and you have a great snack.
Green tea. Sippy sippy. Green tea has also been boasted about for its rather a long list of benefits. It is high in antioxidants, reduced inflammation and can provide a helping hand for your digestive system too.
If you are trying to lower your caffeine intake due to the jitters, you might be interested to know that green tea has something called L-theanine. Which dulls down the effects of the caffeine. Meaning you get the same boost but without the usual side effects.
Good to note – it also breaks down fat too.
Edamame. These little green wonders often indulged in at your local sushi restaurant, are great for you. Not only do they taste great, but they have high levels of magnesium and folic acid.
The folic acid works with your iron levels to fight off fatigue, and the magnesium helps your body breakdown carbs and protein. Super handy.
Hummus. If you are a lover of pita and hummus, or even crackers and hummus you’ll be glad to know that the combination of ingredients that make up hummus are a great source of energy.
Chickpeas are a complex carbohydrate, meaning the body uses over time for energy. The oil and sesame paste contains healthy fats, which help the energy from the chickpea last even longer by slowing down the absorption process.
Yogurt. In the last few years, there has been a rise in protein yogurts. These help you stay filled up for longer, and contribute to breakdown and use the carbohydrates found in the lactose in the yoghurt. They usually have decently high amounts of B12 which can help with a myriad of processes in the body.
While it might be tempting to reach for crisps, chocolate and energy drinks, with a little forward planning you can prep some of the snacks above to get you through your 3pm slump, or just as a pick me up during the day.