Published:  12:00 AM, 08 March 2017

Foods for instant energy boost


Your energy levels depend on what you eat. Foods high in fat and calories can leave you feeling fatigued as your body works hard to digest them. Make sensible choices to recharge your batteries and stay alert and productive throughout the day.

Lemon: Add half a lemon to regular water to turn it into an energy drink loaded with electrolytes. Our body need electrolytes to replenish the lost energy from the cells. This is also a good way to keep yourself hydrated. According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition in 2011, women who are mildly hydrated get fatigued easily.
Nuts: Almonds and hazelnuts are rich sources of magnesium, which is key to converting fat into energy. As they are rich in fiber, they also keep blood sugar levels steady and the high amount of protein in them keeps hunger pangs at bay.

Oats: Carbohydrates account for 60 percent of the energy that your body needs. They are also packed with complex carbs, vitamins and minerals and keep you full for longer. Eating oats for breakfast means fewer energy crashes during the day.

Spinach: The green leafy vegetable is an excellent source of iron, a mineral that the body needs to produce oxygen in the blood and boost energy. Include spinach in your lunch to avoid the afternoon slump at work. Yoghurt: This is not only a good breakfast add on but can also be your in between meals snack option. It's rich in magnesium that's essential for energy release it the body. The protein in yoghurt also helps repair muscles post workout. Dig into unsweetened yoghurt to replenish your energy storehouse. The writer is a freelance contributor at
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