You don't need energy drinks to conquer the day!
ALL NATURAL ENERGY BOOSTERS!
Everyone that knows me, also knows that I am against energy drinks. Not only that, but I go out of my way and lecture every person that I see shoving energy drinks down their throats, because “they are tired” or “they can’t stay awake”. Energy drinks are like an epidemy that more and more young people fall ill of. But if you continue reading this blog, you’re about to be blown away by the fact there are ways to beat that midday crash without having to sacrifice your overall health.
1. Rhodiola – Rhodi-what you say…. Rhodiola also knows as the “golden root” is an herb that had incredible energy-boosting power. It helps multiply your energy molecules, giving you that much needed boost throughout the day. But that’s not all… Rhodiola helps lower the stress hormone cortisol; fights dpression and improves brain function; helps you burn fat (psst ladies, for that unwanted, hard to get rid of no matter what you do belly fat, this might be the answer you’ve been looking for). Rhodiola usually comes in the form of tablets and is available in most health food stores.2. Kale – I know… I know… But yes kale has a special place in this blog as well. The popular leafy veggie is full of fibre of antioxidants, which leads to a good energy boost. And that is certainly only one of the MANY amazing health benefits of kale, but I would give it the special attention that it deserves in a whole separate blog coming soon. So the next time you’re feeling a bit groggy in the afternoon, have yourself a delicious green smoothie.3. Hemp Hearts – Hemp is all the rage right now. Hemp hearts, technically a nut, are rich in healthy fats, protein and minerals. Hemp seeds are composed of more than 30 percent healthy fats, including the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (plant-based omega-3). I know I’m getting a bit scientific on you, but its good info to know. Remember that green smoothie you were having instead of your afternoon espresso.. Next time maybe throw in a serving of hemp hearts in there and crush the rest of your day! And yes just like Kale, there will definitely be an exclusive Hemp blog coming up as well.4. Beans – Beans are a great combination of carbs, protein and fibre. Having yourself a nice bean dip and veggies for a snack is going to give you long lasting energy, as suppose to the spike of blood sugar and “fake” short lived energy rush an energy drink may give you. Beans are also very rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. They support your heart health and are shown to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.5. Oats – Oats are great source of complex carbs.. And please don’t run away when I say the word carbs. Oats have been clinically proven to actually help with weight loss, so carb away my dear friends. Complex carbs are a fantastic way to fuel yourself with long lasting energy throughout the day. There is an endless number of ways to enjoy oats. From the oh so popular overnight oats, to the more traditional hot porridge in the morning… I personally love putting a couple of tablespoons in my breakfast smoothie, that boosts up the fibre and makes it so much more filling. There is a number of savoury oatmeal recipes out there, that would allow you to enjoy them for lunch and dinner as well.
6. Chia seeds – Can you believe it that only a few generations ago we used to associate the word chia, with the cute little fuzzy green novelty items that every kid on the block wanted. Nowadays, we have discovered (or can I say re-discovered) the power of chia seeds and the magical ways it can contribute to our overall health. Chia seeds are great for energy levels due to the proportion of fiber, protein and fat. Among the energy boosting powers, these powerful little seeds help fight diabetes, build the strength in your bones and teeth and improve heart health… oh and they help burn fat as well.
7. Almonds – One of the smartest decisions you can make when it comes to midday snacking is to always have a bag of almonds with you. The presence of manganese, copper and riboflavin in these delicious nuts helps in energy production and metabolic rate. They are also a rich source of calcium, iron and many more nutrients which help in the health and development of human brain. One of the reasons why almonds have been considered an essential food item for growing children.
8. Lemon Water – Now most of you will read this and think I’m crazy, but the answer to your fatigue could be as simple as having a big glass of cold water. A lot of us don’t drink enough water throughout the day and even a slight dehydration may lead to a dip in our energy levels. And what’s really the first thing we do when tired… we reach for coffee. Coffee, however, also contributed to your dehydration and even if it gives you a quick burst of energy, it would backfire in the long run. It is essential that we have 6 to 8 cups of water a day… And when I say water I don’t mean pop or juice, I mean water. I threw in the good old lemon water in here, as lemons are high in potassium, which helps balance electrolytes in your body. 9. Dark Chocolate – This might be my personal favourite! Chocolate bar that contains 70% or more cocoa qualifies as dark chocolate. It contains caffeine and that gives you a natural energy boost. I can talk your ear off about the health benefits of dark chocolate, but instead I will highlight it in depth in a future article. I will however have you know that it is extremely high in iron (something that us women don’t get enough of) and many more essential minerals. It is a fantastic source of antioxidants, and it improves blood flow. So you won’t only feel awake, but you’ll also look awake!