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8 Energy Boosting Foods To Get You Through The Day

We all get days when our energy levels flag for one reason or another. 
 
Factors like lack of sleep, stress and the general demands of everyday life can leave us struggling to get through the day. When this happens, it’s very easy to turn to caffeine or a sugary snack for a quick energy hit. But these can cause us to ‘crash’ harder later on, leaving us worse off than when we started. So how to cope with low energy levels? Here are some healthy energy-boosting foods to get you through the day.

1. Porridge

Complex carbohydrates contained in porridge oats are ideal for boosting your energy levels and will help you get the day off to a good start. This high-fibre hit is also high in protein and will keep you feeling full right up to lunchtime. Tip: Add some sliced banana, berries or a little honey for a little extra luxury.

2. Bananas

These are indispensable if you’re a busy mum on the go. Just throw a couple into your bag and break one out when you need a boost. This potassium-rich fruit also contains B-Vitamins to keep your blood sugar steady, which will help to avoid those energy slumps. Tip: Slice one up and add to some Greek yoghurt for a tasty dessert.

3. Almonds

Nuts, although viewed with caution for their high calorie content, are a nutritious and filling snack. Rich in protein, almonds make a great snack choice to keep handy. Tip: Best eaten unsalted.

4. Apples

The humble apple is an ideal snack when energy levels are low. Because they are high in fibre, they will keep you feeling full while the natural sugars (fructose) will give you the boost you need. Tip: For a delicious mini-meal, team one with a few slivers of cheddar cheese. The taste combination is amazing!

5. Beans

Another high-fibre food, beans of any sort will keep you energized and feeling satisfied for hours. Tip: Try a bean burrito, three-bean salad or some hummus and veggies to see off that ‘three o’ clock slump’.

6. Salmon

Did you know that a portion of salmon contains as much iron as your average steak? The bonus is, it’s also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids vital for energy production. Tip: Try a smoked salmon salad, salmon sushi or have it with some cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel to fuel your afternoon.

7. Eggs

The saying ‘Go to work on an egg’ makes sense when you realise that eggs are high in iron, protein and a B-vitamin called choline which is essential to energy production. Tip: Eggs are wonderfully versatile and quick to prepare. You can whip up a tasty, filling omelette in a matter of minutes. Add chopped veggies for extra nutrition.

8. Water

Dehydration can leave you feeling sluggish so the quickest pick-me-up can be a glass of water. It’s recommended to drink 1.5-2 litres per day, which sounds like a lot. But by keeping a bottle handy to sip from as you go through your day, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you will go through it. This is one of the best drinking habits to get into.
Tip: Start your day with a glass of hot water flavoured with a slice of lemon. It’s a great kick-start to your metabolism.

About the Author

Jennifer Roche lives in North Dublin with her husband and two children. An avid content writer, Jennifer is passionate about food, nutrition and healthy living. Currently, Jennifer is studying at Griffith College, loves music and is a radio show DJ with her local community radio station, NearFM on The Grove Show.

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