Food provides us with nourishment and energy to get through the day. This means that we need to feed ourselves with the right foods so that we can offer our best selves in life and in business.
Sometimes when we are tired from a bad night’s sleep or a little exhausted from the week’s activities, we turn to food to provide that extra boost of energy that we are looking for.
Unfortunately, if there’s any chocolate, chips or treats around, we might find ourselves eating junk food that we wouldn’t usually eat! That’s why it’s good to have some healthier options on hand.
Here’s five winners to keep in your kitchen:
Fast and effective for an energy boost, bananas are high in potassium and B vitamins, which assist with energy production. Eat on its own, or with some yoghurt and muesli for breakfast or a snack!
Nuts contain healthy fats and protein that can help us to keep going during our day. They are a great afternoon snack. I suggest a small handful of unsalted almonds and cashews to give you that stamina you need to get through your afternoon well. If you’re a peanut butter fan, buy a 100% peanuts peanut butter and enjoy with celery.
3. Juices and smoothies
Juices or smoothies with a good quantity of greens are a great energy booster. Go for juices with as much green as you can handle, and chuck in some berries for added nutrition and yumminess. I would aim for a juice, but if you’re hungry and looking for something more filling, go for a smoothie. Just be sure to watch the ingredients going in and avoid the treat ingredients like chocolate or ice-cream! Aim for juices and smoothies made of 100% fruit and vegetables.
Eggs are great sources of protein that are fantastic at breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack. Go for boiled or poached at meal time along with a piece of wholemeal toast, or a hard-boiled egg as a mid-afternoon snack to keep you feeling full.
5. Leafy greens
Vegetables such as kale, spinach and some darker lettuce varieties (such as romaine lettuce) are high in calcium, iron and a range of vitamins. Incorporate into your juice or smoothie or alongside eggs at meal time. Or, pop some lettuce or baby spinach into your sandwich at lunch, or add some more leafy greens into your pasta dish.
Enjoy feeling nourished and energised!
Kate Mackay, Invigorate Wellness
Kate Mackay is a food and wellbeing coach who loves seeing women thrive in their work and life through balancing priorities, building in simple healthy eating habits and getting creative with exercise.