The types and the amount of food you eat play an important role in your daily energy levels. Foods high in fat and calories can leave you feeling knackered as they zap all your energy just to help them digest.
You'll notice a huge difference in how energised you feel after a day of eating badly.
To stay alert all day, start by making smarter choices about what you're using to fuel your body. Here are our top 8 energy boosting foods…
Rich in manganese, the mineral that helps produce energy from protein and carbs, a cupped hand of brown rice helps you maintain high energy all day. Add to protein and veggies for lunch or dinner.
High in (good) carbs and loaded with Vitamins A and C, these will help fight off fatigue. Try them mashed or cut into strips, tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil and baked for a healthier alternative to chips.
Because they are composed mostly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fibre, bananas are a great snack option. You can also slice one into your morning cereal for an extra boost that will keep you going until lunchtime.
High in vitamin C, potassium and folate, oranges ration out energy steadily over time instead of giving you a quick sugar rush. And they help boost the immune system too! Just stick to whole, fresh oranges and not fruit juice as these often contain a lot of additives and extra sugar.
Packed with protein, manganese and copper which play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body and neutralising toxins in cells. Grab a small handful as a snack.
Yoghurt is a healthy breakfast or snack option when you're on the go. Rich in magnesium, which is crucial for the release of energy, yogurt also adds a dose of calcium to your diet.
Packed with omega 3 and protein, salmon also contains vitamin B6, niacin and riboflavin, all of which convert the food you eat into energy. Add to a salad, or serve with brown rice and veggies.
We’ve all seen what it does to Popeye!
What’s your go to food when you’re looking for a quick energy fix? If its a mars bar, we don’t wanna know ;)