Do you feel tired and sleepy post lunch? We can feel this due to a host of reasons including lack of sleep, stress, lack of minerals and iron, excess sugar and caffeine consumption. Following a high fibre- low glycemic diet will keep you feeling active through the day. Here are a few foods that can help avoid daytime drag.
1 . Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and macadamia nuts are some of the best sources of protein, fibre, minerals, vitamins, and omega3 fatty acids. Nuts like almonds, pistachios have a high fibre protein combo leading you to feel full faster while providing you with an energy boost. You can carry them with you and anytime the drag hits, munch on a handful of almonds or peanuts for a quick pick me up.
2 . Vegetables
Complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and leafy mineral rich spinach or kale are great for an energy boost during the day. Complex carbohydrates prevalent in foods such as oats, barley, quinoa, millet, and amaranth are all high in fibre as well so it helps stave hunger and provides an instant energy boost. Spinach and Kale are rich with nutrients such as iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.
3 . Fiber
Not all forms of fibre are soluble. Those that are soluble available in blueberries, beans, nuts slow down digestion. Non-soluble fibres found in carrots, green leafy vegetables, green beans help elimination of waste in the body. Fibre helps digestion, keeps us feeling full and helps remove waste from our system creating a healthy gut and high level of energy.
4 . Fruits
Banana (potassium & B vitamins), strawberry (vitamin C, fructose), citrus fruits (vitamin C), coconut (triglycerides) are all sources of high energy due to their rich composition of essential vitamins, healthy sugar and fatty acids.
5 . Protein
Make your lunch a high protein one by including lentils, fish, eggs, & broccoli. Lack of protein may lead to fatigue as it provides stimulus to heal and build tissues. Protein also staves hunger as it takes longer to break down than carbohydrates. Protein also helps stabilize blood sugar levels reducing chances of crashing energy levels.
6 . Natural drinks
Lemon water, tender coconut water, and aam panna, all these natural juices are packed with electrolytes, fructose and minerals that help cells to create energy and increase oxygen supply to help avoid energy drops.
7 . Yogurt
Probiotic bacteria, in yoghurt, aids digestion and improve the immune system. Yogurt is also a great source of protein and lactose, a milk sugar that helps stave hunger as it makes the energy boost last longer.
8 . Tea
Teas like Cardamom, ginger, green, ginseng teas are all great to avoid an afternoon slump. Cardamom expands small blood cells, while ginger is filled with fat burning supplements, manages sugar levels, suppresses appetite, relieves muscle pain, increases nutrients intake thus enhancing energy.
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