Forget the afternoon soda or ice cream sandwich. Eating fruits and vegetables is the perfect way to perk you up. Here are a few suggestions for energizing meals and snacks with fruits and veggies:
“The darker the green color, generally the more nutritious the vegetable is,” says Caitlin Weeks, a.k.a. Grass Fed Girl, a holistic nutritionist and fitness expert based in San Francisco.
She recommends kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and red cabbage. These types of vegetables contain B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, and iron, which help boost energy levels and are good for your body.
Weeks says berries will boost your energy, too. Strawberries and blueberries have important nutrients that have even been shown to reduce women’s risk of heart attack. However, it’s important to remember that these are not silver bullets and other healthy habits are important for boosting energy including a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
Many fruits including cherries and grapes are also good for energy generation. Most fruits have multiple vitamins such as vitamin C that also help unlock energy.
High fiber foods
A healthy eating pattern that sustains energy throughout the day includes foods high in fiber. Eating higher fiber foods has also been linked to reducing women’s stroke risk.
Caitlin recommends broccoli, spinach and zucchini. (Try this recipe tip with broccoli for a quick, healthy meal.)
“Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of fiber and are therefore a great source of energy,” she says. “Fiber gets burned off slowly, which leaves you feeling fuller longer and more energetic throughout the day.”
Want even more energy? Try these heart-healthy lunch ideas for work from Go Red to keep your energy up throughout your workday.