With so many social activities and deadlines to meet, the end of the year can be really draining. While it’s tempting to chug down some coffee or grab a sweet treat during that mid-afternoon slump, try to fuel your body with the right powerhouse foods that have the ability to recharge your body's batteries.
While the body does convert all food into energy, these are some of the options that produce a particularly high amount. Enjoy them as a snack to feel full of energy and banish tiredness.
Oatmeal is a heart-healthy whole grain that contains valuable soluble fibre to help soak up unwanted fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. But perhaps even more importantly, it’s packed full of good carbohydrates, a critical energy source. Oatmeal maintains your energy for a longer period of time and curbs appetite by slowing the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream. Oats are also a good source of B vitamins, an important energy provider.
Quick and healthy: Mix plain oatmeal with milk and add a handful of nuts or seeds and dried or fresh fruits. Toss it in the microwave and cool off with a splash of milk before eating.
Yogurt is a well-known source of calcium, which supports healthy bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. But, did you know that calcium also plays a role in muscle metabolism? If you’re feeling zapped of energy, consider looking at your intake of calcium to see if you are meeting the recommended levels. If not, try adding some yogurt to your breakfast, lunch or snack. Rich in Vitamin B-12, this superfood is a great fatigue fighter.
Quick and healthy: Sweeten plain yogurt with your favourite fruit and top with nuts and seeds for a quick snack.
This miniature super fruit is chock-a-block full of nutrients and is the star of the show when it comes to antioxidant properties. Antioxidants can help to reduce oxidative damage to cells resulting from free radicals produced during periods of strenuous activity. Nutrients in blueberries may also promote healthy blood pressure. These super foods contain vitamin C to support your immune system, and are a source of energy-enhancing carbohydrates and fibre to help sustain your energy and keep you in the game.
Quick and healthy: Blend fresh or frozen berries into your favourite smoothie or top up your morning breakfast cereal with these tiny bursts of nutrition.