One of the elements of our everyday life that has shifted overnight is our meals. We have been a convenience and social society, eating out often with others or picking up prepared foods. Today that is either not possible or convenient. As a result, we are preparing more meals at home. Preparing meals that will give your body the energy it needs requires energy to think and plan.
At a time when we need lots of energy, I have heard many people share that they are fatigued. Whether caused by boredom, trying to work from home and support their children with distance learning or anxious about not knowing what a new normal in our human connectedness will look and feel like. We are working outside of what has been our “routine”, that is never easy. So, what can you do?
Below are a list of energy foods, all have specific nutritional value to feed your internal energy through nutrition. As well you will find some easy recipes that include these foods. Enjoy an energy filled meal or snack with those you around you. Bon appetit!
Energy Through Foods
Bananas great source vitamin B6
Rolled oats a whole-grain that provides long-lasting energy, rich in B vitamins
B-vitamins – direct impact on energy levels and brain function.
Eggs packed with protein
provide energy to fuel your day – rich in vitamin D
Avocados – rich in healthy fats & fiber – healthy fats can be stored in the body and used as energy sources, good source of B vitamins
Fatty Fish including salmon — a serving provides you with the daily recommended dose of vitamin B12
Brown rice — high in fiber and provides about 88% of the RDI for manganese which helps break down carbohydrates and proteins to generate energy
Sweet potatoes with high fiber content and complex carbohydrates, provide a steady supply of energy
Beets – with antioxidants and nitrates that increases blood flow resulting in increased energy levels.
Water stay hydrated – water is your best source of hydration
These ideas are not exhaustive but certainly a good start. Wishing you and those around you healthy energizing meals.