When I chose my plan from among the then offered Spectrum Cable deals a couple of years ago, it came with a one-year subscription to the Cooking Channel. I learned so much! I taught myself how to make many sumptuous meals with this excellent culinary entertainment channel, making me a hit at cookouts. Most importantly, I learned the nutritional properties of different foods. While not as glamorous and presentable as the various cuisines on display, certain foods have many health benefits.
So for this blog, I decided to focus on some of the most energy-giving foods that you can consume daily.
Why do I need energetic foods?
The human body functions because of uncountable chemical reactions occurring at a cellular level in the body. The fuel for these chemical reactions come from the food we eat. As the day progresses, the body depletes its resources, resulting in tiredness and lack of energy. To counter this, many people top up their coffee mug or munch on a candy bar. The sudden influx of caffeine and sugar can temporarily boost your energy levels, but the crash that follows doesn’t. Better and healthier alternatives to coffee and candy exist, which you can use to stay energized throughout the day. Here are ten healthy foods that keep you energized and chirpy throughout the day:
- Whole Grains
- Leafy Greens
- Greek Yogurt
- Spicy Herbs
- Dark Chocolate
Eggs are a well-known source of high quality, protein-rich content. To stay energized the whole day, you don’t necessarily have to consume them raw like a body-builder. Aside from building muscle mass, the high-quality proteins provide a constant source of energy. Eggs also contain healthy amounts of Vitamin B, which are an excellent energy source as well as beneficial to your nervous system. A healthy egg breakfast should give you sufficient energy for the day.
These are a very popular “superfood” these days. Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants, which protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals. Many studies have demonstrated that consuming blueberries can also enhance mental agility and cognitive function. So the next time you feel your brain is too full of static, try eating a few blueberries for instant energy.
Despite what you’ve heard, whole grains do in fact contain a lot of carbohydrates. But what most people don’t know is that these are complex carbohydrates. They are a source of steady energy, which is released into the body gradually throughout the day. Try to incorporate a whole grain source into your breakfast routine. You will find you not only have more energy but that it lasts longer as well. The fiber in it is also very good for diverticulosis and constipation problems. Another thing about whole grain is you don’t have to eat a lot, even small amounts can fill you up.
We have all seen Popeye grow big muscles and kick butt after eating a can of spinach. In real life, those kinds of gains are a bit difficult, but the nutritional value of leafy greens is undeniable. Leafy vegetables are a rich source of iron, an important mineral that makes you feel energetic. Many feelings of tiredness can be attributed to low levels of iron in the blood. Fatigue is, in fact, the single most common symptom of an iron deficiency. The iron contained in spinach and other greens helps with red blood cell circulation, which helps improve concentration and energy.
Popcorn as a food has one of the lowest calorie counts know to the dietary world. Of course, if you are going to smother them with butter, they will fatten you up. Taken without butter, popcorn has very high fiber and carb content, but low calories. In fact, Nutrients ranks popcorn among the top energy-giving foods for children. Other than being a ‘fun food’, the nutritional benefits of popcorn are not to be understated.
Greek yogurt is a very healthy alternative to regular yogurt and should be a part of your daily diet. It contains much more protein than regular yogurt to provide you with energy all day. At the same time, compared to regular yogurt, it has much less lactose and carbs, so no need to worry. With a much lower calorie count than regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is gaining popularity with the health gurus. Because of slow acting proteins, Greek yogurt can keep you feeling full longer, ensuring only the minimum of between-meal snacks.
Herbs that are on the spicier side tend to give your metabolism a kick along with an energy boost. Peppers are the most common spicy herb in any grocery store, containing capsaicin in healthy quantities. Capsaicin acts as both a metabolism booster as well as a digestive aid and energy booster. In fact, certain spices like sage and ginseng can actually improve cognitive ability, allowing for better concentration.
Salmon is among the richest naturally occurring sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are exceptional mood boosters, keeping your mind elevated during the day. In fact, recent studies suggest that these fatty acids can even protect against depression and alleviate depression symptoms. From a working American’s point of view, a little bit of salmon can keep you feeling good during working hours.
Chocolate is a very well known and popular energy booster, among kids and adults alike. This is because of the theobromine and caffeine sources present in chocolate. If consumed in moderation, the caffeine and sugar shouldn’t cause a dip in your energy levels later in the day. To avoid excessive sugar buildups, go for as dark chocolate as you can find. Usually, the darker the chocolate, the lower the sugar content and the higher the boosting ability of that chocolate.
Almonds are chock-full of essential nutrients, making them the perfect midday energy snack. Among nuts, almonds are considered to be highly nutritious as stated in Nutrients recently. Almonds are rich sources of magnesium and Vitamin E. They also contain lots of energy-giving proteins that keep you up and running throughout the day.
Finding nutritional information about foods is not that difficult anymore. You can easily find a lot of material through a simple internet search. Alternatively, you can opt for a cable service plan that includes food channels. Spectrum TV packages, in particular, offer a wide selection of food and nutritional entertainment that you could possibly look into. Just remember, eating healthy is not optional in today’s world. Take care of your body and the foods you put in it to live a long, healthy life.