5 Energy boosting foods that give you energy
Wouldn’t you love it if we said deep fried chicken, pizzas, burgers and French fries gave you boundless energy?
Wouldn’t it solve a lot of mealtime issues if all that franchised stodge held a lifetime of family goodness and unlimited energy?
Well, next time you gorge on McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Dominos or anything else with a backlit menu board, do an experiment. Food devoured, lie quietly on a comfortable couch or relax in a snugly armchair and see how long it takes for your post-junk food energy rush to kick in.
As a precaution set an alarm. Don’t worry, it’s just in case the fast food doesn’t have you leaping out of your chair ready to take on the world and somehow sends you to sleep instead. It does happen.
About a majority of the time. Yes, reputable studies do suggest that fast food doesn’t actually increase your energy levels at all. In contrast, junk food may actually induce sleepiness, fuzziness and a general state of sloth about 100% of the time; this despite the presence of a caffeine-laden coke. These are not good figures and they certainly don’t paint a good picture of junk food’s energy-bearing qualities.
So what foods give you energy and boost your mood? In other words, what foods give energy boosts? Let’s go straight to the top.
No surprises here, though far too many of us fail to keep a stock on hand. Bananas are full of potassium – a very good thing for energy. Rest assured, a banana a day keeps the lethargy away.
The problem with a lot of energy drinks is that you get the boost, but you also come down with a crash. Not so with the foods on this list and definitely not with Chia seeds.
If you’ve never heard of them, you really should get to know each other. Chia seeds are little buttons of bounding energy and rehydration. They’re protein, fats, and fibre at just the right levels and pack in 10 times their own weight in water.
Keeping things small, almonds have your measure when it comes to a quick energy fix. Munch on a few of these little gems and you’ve got friendly fats restocking your energy levels right away.
Whole wheat bread
No, not that white stuff that may as well have its starchy stodginess marketed in a red box with a big M on it; proper bread with proper complex carbohydrates; bread with whole wheat. Try it for an energy boost that takes flight slowly, but surely like a glider. With a slower, more graceful lift-off, you’ll stay up longer.
Enough of the food; let’s finish with a legendary drink that gives you the coffee lift without the shakes. Green tea contains something called L-theanine, not tasty in its own right, but a great sidekick for caffeine to ensure it doesn’t get too big for its boost.
So there are a few energy boosters to get you off the ground without crashing back down again in a hurry.