Even the active lifestyle consumer gets the feeling that continuing through the day, let alone the idea of doing a work out seems impossible. If you’re looking for the cure for that tired feeling then read on, check out the following foods for the ultimate energy boost that that will make your day a breeze.
Bananas are nature’s prepacked and portable healthy snack. They’re filled with fiber, B vitamins, and potassium — nutrients that promote sustained energy and muscle function, Berman says. Bananas are particularly appealing as a pre- or post-workout snack. Pair a banana with a glass of low-fat milk or a cup of yogurt for an energizing combination of fiber and protein — a combo that also makes a great breakfast to start your day.
Skip iceberg lettuce and add an energy-boost to your salad by using nutrition-rick kale as a base. Kale is also great sautéed as a side dish, chopped into soups or tossed with whole-wheat pasta. Kale contains amino acid and L-tyrosine, which helps give you a mental lift as well as a number od antioxidants and fibre to fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable.
Powerhouse pistachios have a combination of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that adds up to a perfectly satisfying snack. Pistachios’ rich protein content makes them an ideal food for energy all day long, says Kari Kooi, MS, RD, a dietitian at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Though nuts are calorie-dense, 25 pistachios have only 100 calories, and the fact that you have to remove the shell slows you down and prevents overeating.
Ask any nutritionist for healthy and simple breakfast ideas, and oatmeal is sure to make the list. It’s high-fiber content is the reason it’s such a filling meal that provides lasting energy. Because fiber takes so long to digest, having oatmeal for breakfast will power you through the entire morning, compared to a breakfast of white toast and jam. With stable blood-sugar levels, you’ll feel energized and focused without feeling the need to down another cup of coffee
Hummus is a Mediterranean dip with only a few simple ingredients — puréed garbanzo beans, sesame-based tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice — that all contribute nutrients for energy. The fiber and protein that the beans provide stabilize blood sugar, take the edge off hunger, and boost energy, Kooi notes. When used as a dip for nutrient-rich veggies, such as red pepper strips or carrot sticks, hummus makes a great mid-afternoon snack. You can also use it as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise.
When it comes to yogurt, Greek varieties deliver twice the amount of hunger-satisfying protein as regular (with 17 grams per 6-ounce container), making it a super-charged breakfast, lunch, or snack. “The thick, indulgent texture is the perfect canvas for a variety of toppings that can make it even more substantial,” Kooi says. Mix in fresh berries and chopped nuts for a nutrient-packed treat. Make sure you select nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt to keep calories at around 100 per container.
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