Hello ladies!! Blessing here with a few pick me ups to get you through the busy Holiday season.
If you feel like you energy drains long before your day is over you need to try these 5 Energy Pick Me Ups to help increase and maintain your energy levels throughout the day. You need to eat foods that boost your energy, provide your body with enough calories to run efficiently and boosting your metabolism to burn your food efficiently.
Working out is a quick and simple way to boost your energy. If you are short on time you can try high intensity interval training which allows you do short workouts with quick bursts of energy. Exercise boosts adrenaline levels which keep you alert and also releases feel good endorphins which give you a feeling of well being.
Eat More Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates release energy over a period of time and keep you full longer. Foods that contain complex carbohydrates have fiber; which helps you feel full and it releases energy over a period of time and provides your body with a stable energy source. Complex carbohydrates are found in most plant based foods, fruits, vegetables and include legumes, quinoa, lentils, asparagus and carrots.
Eat more nuts.
If you are looking for a quick healthy energy pick me up. Try nuts. They are full of heart healthy mono unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. There are very filling and provide your body with the essential fatty acids it needs.
Walnuts are full of omega-3-fatty acids an essential fatty acid that is needed for health because the body cannot produce it. It is full of fiber and it helps decrease the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Almonds are rich in antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, protein, fiber, magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium.
Pecans are a rich source of energy and contain phenolic antioxidants that help decrease LDL and increase HDL levels. It contains Magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, zinc and selenium.
Eat More Protein
Protein can be paired with a simple carbohydrate to help slow down the release of sugar. Protein is filling and it provides the body with energy over a long period of time. An example of a simple carbohydrate – protein pairing includes: granola and yogurt; fresh fruit and yogurt and an omelet and toast.
Take a Quick Nap
If you are able to sneak a short nap (15-20 minutes) into your day, a quick nap can help your body recharge and reset without interfering with your sleep at night.
If you are looking for ways to boost your energy levels throughout the day avoid product that promise quick energy because they are usually full of caffeine and sugar. Too much caffeine and sugar promote the release of cortisol, the stress hormone and can lead to chronically high levels which disrupt sleep and leave you feeling fatigued and more tired throughout the day. Stick to complex carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats and protein to provide good fuel for your body and provide a sustained energy source. Another way to boost energy is to exercise, manage stress and make sure that you are getting enough sleep.