Wellness and health is on everyone’s mind these days and with good reason. It can be challenging to keep up those energy levels throughout the day when you’re dealing with stressful situations, daily challenges and long hours that can tire you out. Mindful eating is a great way to start reconnecting with your body again and giving it what it needs. Relying on energy drinks, foods high in sugar and carbs and overly caffeinating will end up doing more damage than helping, and the crash right after will leave you feeling worse than before. A contributing factor to having energy in your workouts and throughout the day is your nutrition.
Consuming the right foods with the right vitamins and minerals can significantly improve your energy levels. Here are some fruits that deliver natural, sustainable energy boosts that won’t leave you with a crash later:
One of the best pick-me-ups is a banana. Famous for it’s potassium, bananas are also a source of good, complex sugars and a sustained energy that won’t give you the crash that simple sugars do. They also have magnesium, vitamin B and fibers that aid in slowing the digestion of sugar. Eating a banana before intense cardio will help with your endurance and performance.
Forgot this is considered a fruit, didn’t you? The mighty avocado is a fuel jet pack in fruit form. High in protein, avocados have good fats that help increase energy levels, and make fat-soluble nutrients more available in the body.
Dark berries like blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are high in antioxidants. That means they reduce fatigue and inflammation in the body, which can help you deal with movement, working out and generally just feeling better throughout your day. Not to mention, they’re delicious and give you a satisfying yet sustainable sugar fix.
You’ve heard the age-old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know eating apples actually helps power your daily energy supply? Apples support a slow, steady energy release because they have plenty of fiber and natural sugars that give you a prolonged boost.
The sweet, citrusy orange doesn’t just taste good; it also gives you a great energy boost, too. The vitamin C content might help reduce oxidative stress in the body and prevent fatigue. Studies have shown that young adult male students who had higher levels of vitamin C may also have a better mood and may be less likely to experience confusion, anger, or depression.
Here’s an unexpected answer: the best fruit to give you energy is the fruit you wear. Ok, this might not be true, (You’ll definitely get more energy from the fruits you consume) but wearing cute, fruit-printed sports bras, leggings or activewear is bound to give you a little vibration boost. Watermelons and lemons, cute kiwis and printed oranges on leggings and sports bras - it’s all about expressing your energy. This is taking the saying “You are what you eat” to a whole new level! Exude the fruit you connect with most - then bring a smile to the faces around you when they see your juicy style!