It’s a typical day when you wake up in the morning feeling tired and dull. You sluggishly get up from your bed and go to work. But by afternoon, you find yourself completely fatigued. If that sounds like you, it’s time to do something about it.
Here’s what you need. Read on for 10 healthy ways to boost up your energy levels that will help you stay fresh throughout the day:
BE A SUNFLOWER SEEKER
Toasted sunflower seeds are a great choice to nibble on when afternoons at work beg to drag. Not only will they stop you from reaching for fatty, salty snacks, they’ll also boost your energy giving vitamin levels while you munch.
GOT HOT FOR GET-UP-AND-GO
For an instant pick-me-up at mealtimes, dust your food with chilli powder, cumin and coriander. These spices are a natural and tasty way to invigorate your body, and there is no drawback of a corresponding sugar low afterwards.
HAVE A BRAZILIAN
No, not a bikini wax, but a healthy eating alternative instead! Brazil nuts not only boost short-term energy, but just three a day can also help cut the risk of heart disease by a third.
CRUNCH CRACKERS FOR GOOD SNACKING
Whole wheat or rice crackers spread with peanut butter, tahini, hummus or low-fat savoury spreads like tapenade have been shown to help weight loss and boost energy levels by curbing unhealthy snacking.
APPRECIATE THE APRICOT
Dried apricots, perfect substitutes for biscuits (crackers) with cheese, are an excellent source of fibre, potassium, iron and betacarotene. Choose air-dried, not sulphur-dried, as sulphites have been linked to different forms of cancer.
STRETCH AND YAWN TO WORK OUT FACE MUSCLES
Stretching allows blood to flow into muscles that have become inactive, which is why it’s so regenerating after sleep. Yawning gives your body a big oxygen boost, which combines with the stretching to give muscles instant energy.
FEEL CHIPPER WITH BANANA
For a handy and tasty pick-me-up, why not try dried banana chips? They are rich in carbohydrates, iron and magnesium and, in addition, they have natural sugars to give your body an energy boost when you’re on the move. Combine them with plain, natural yogurt when you’re looking for a more substantial snack.
WAKE UP TO MORNING GLORY
For a morning boost, swap your first cup of tea or coffee for an energy-giving detox drink made with hot water, lemon juice, freshly grated ginger, maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
LIQUIDIZE YOUR ASSETS
Make a natural power drink by liquidizing apples, banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter together. Drink a glass with your breakfast. The fruit sugars will boost your energy at different levels to keep you going all morning.
FEEL BLOOMING GOOD
Add a ray of natural sunshine to your life by feasting on edible flowers like violets, nasturtiums, marigolds, primrose and pansies, which can benefit body and mind.
Daily morning workouts help fire the metabolism for the rest of the day. So you can eat more as you will burn more calories which will provide you enough energy for the rest of the day. Workouts also make your heart pump more blood so your brain stays active which keeps your body active.
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