Ever have one of those days where you just can’t seem to muster up enough oomph to get through your afternoon? All you need is just a little energy! We’ve decided to put together some great snacking options that will give you an energy boost to help you bust through that afternoon slump.
Dark, Leafy Veggies: Anyone with low levels of iron in their diet will end up having low energy levels throughout their day. This lack of iron actually affects the amount of oxygen-rich blood your body will receive and distribute. The solution? Start including veggies such as spinach and kale that are low in calories but high in iron; the perfect solution for anyone wanting a more energy naturally.
Quinoa: This “superfood” is high in nutrition and will definitely help you increase energy levels. Much like the dark, leafy veggies listed above, quinoa contains essential amounts of iron anyone that helps move the oxygen through your system. It even contains vitamin B2 and magnesium that provide even help your body with energy production and boosting metabolism.
Beans: Although they should be used sparingly, beans contain a great blend of carbs and protein for an energy boost. It’s also worth noting that an amino acid in beans, tryptophan, has been shown to improve your mood and help with feelings of depression.
Salmon: Salmon has always been a source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a huge benefit for reducing inflammation, controlling weight gain and fighting cancer cell growth. In addition, eating salmon two to three days a week can increase energy levels and even lift your mood in the same way beans do.
Dark Chocolate: Cut out that venti mocha from your diet and have a piece of dark chocolate instead! Not only does dark chocolate give you serotonin, a mood elevator, but it contains magnesium for energy production. However, be careful not to over indulge. Find dark chocolate with high cocoa content (over 70%) and keep your portions to about 1 oz. a day.
Of course, if you’d like more nutrition tips, view other articles in our blog or come in and speak with our fitness expert Chad Skinner, owner of Fast Fitness Boot Camp, group and personal trainer. We’re ready to get you on the right track to good health and back in that body that you’ve always wanted.