Eat Your Way To More Energy

These 8 foods will give you wings

Strawberries
15 Mar 2016

Strawberries

Natural sugar and fibre make best mates. Strawberries taste great on their own, but you can also combine them with yogurt or nuts for extra flavour.

Bananas
15 Mar 2016

Bananas

Bananas are full of potassium, which maintain good blood pressure and heart function. They are also high in fibre and vitamins C and B6 so you can enjoy energy for longer and avoid feeling the need to snack all the time.

Spinach
15 Mar 2016

Spinach

Planning lunch and dinner? Always try to factor these super leaves in. They contain high levels of iron, a key component in red blood cells that fuel our muscles with oxygen for energy. Enjoy them in a salad or whiz them with other fruit when you make your morning smoothie.

Almonds
15 Mar 2016

Almonds

They are a great option when your tummy starts rumbling at 4pm, or as a pre-workout snack. Almonds are rich in magnesium, niacin and riboflavin, which support muscle function and burn food for body fuel. 

Apples
15 Mar 2016

Apples

What's not to love about this juicy fruit? It's such an easy-grab option that's packed with vitamins and fibre to energise you for longer. Add a dollop of peanut butter for a creamy twist.

Honey
15 Mar 2016

Honey

A natural sweetener for drinks and food,it has equal parts fructose and glucose plus antioxidants and vitamins. The body burns honey slowly, so your energy levels remain constant. Its low glycemic index also means keeps your blood sugar levels healthy.

Oatmeal
15 Mar 2016

Oatmeal

This grain is absorbed by the body at a slower rate, which gives you long-lasting energy. And it's rich in B vitamins to help the body metabolise energy.

Water
15 Mar 2016

Water

Lethargy is sometimes a result of dehydration, so make sure you chug some water throughout the course of the day. Drink at least one glass when you wake up, to get your body going, and try to swig some from a bottle every now and then - it flushes out harmful toxins and keeps your immunity up. Don't like water? Add a spritz of lemon juice. 

We all know the feeling - even with a full night's sleep, we sometimes start the day feeling sluggish and lethargic. And then we make the mistake of of speed-eating a chocolate bar because we think, "Hey, why not, my body needs energy!". We do get that burst of up-and-at-'em, but soon after, we deflate faster than a stray party balloon.

Experts say the best way to boost energy levels would be to eat the right foods - usually those high in iron (which delivers oxygen to cells and improves overall immunity) and protein (to support the function of everything from your metabolism to nutrition-absorption). Here are some options to stock up on, for your home or work cube.

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