What I eat to boost my energy
No matter how well I treat myself, there are moments during the day when I feel tired, exhausted even. Definitely a pregnancy has something to do with it, but I just hate that feeling of not being able to move from the couch.
On top of sleeping well, exercise regularly and drinking plenty of water, there are some foods I love for the extra energy boost. Technically, all food is energy, but some have a better effect on me and give me a more stable energy level that lasts for longer.
Although when I'm tired my natural reaction is to eat biscuits and glug a pint of coffee, I try to avoid those as they easily spike and drop blood sugar quickly creating a yo-yo effect that's not healthy in the long run.
So, here are my favorite picks at the moment...
This is my go-to cure to quench my thirst when the temperatures rise. What makes coconut water a special energy drink is the high content in electrolytes, electrically charged particles in our bodies that are responsible for optimum fluid balance, muscle and nerve function. This is a great drink after a workout or whenever you've lost fluids and you may feel fatigued or dizzy.
These are a great cheap and lean protein source that once boiled are very travel-friendly. The protein in eggs satiates you so you don't have to go through the ups and downs of hormones which really drain on energy. Besides, the yolk is rich in vitamin B12, a nutrient we can't make on our own but we have to eat, and if we feel tired it can be due to a depletion of this vitamin.
This powdered green tea has the same amount of caffeine as in a shot of espresso, but the way it makes me feel it's really different. Its caffeine content releases more slowly preventing quick burns and crashes that a cup of coffee can make me experience. Also, it contains L-Thianine a natural calming agent that combined with caffeine provides a focused, calming and happy energy. If you're used to the taste of green tea, switch to matcha: its antioxidant content is 10 times higher.
While matcha has an acquired taste, bananas are really delicious, accessible and convenient. Although some believe that the high content of sugar can produce the same effects as conventional white sugar, the richness in fibers slowly releases the sugar in our blood stream. Personally, I believe the occurring sugar in fresh fruit is not comparable to refined white sugar because of the added nutrients in fruits. Besides, banana is one of the richest sources of potassium, an electrolyte that controls water retention, helps oxygen reach the blood cells and promotes circulatory health. What is not to love about bananas?
What food do you go for when you need an extra energy boost? I'd love other from you!