We’re at the beginning of spring here in Australia. In the Netherlands when spring springs, people suffer from the so called ‘spring fatigue’. I’m beginning to think people suffer from the same Down Under as well. At least I have been feeling tired lately (like wanting to go to bed at 9pm and if I do, falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow). Talking at the school yard about it, it seemed I’m not the only one. We concluded it had something to do with spring.
For the people in the Northern hemisphere, going into fall, you know you will hit that same fatigue as well, when the days are starting to get shorter and darker.
So, actually, for all the people in both hemispheres, here are some healthy foods that will give you energy:
- All things green and leafy (especially broccoli and spinach). You can’t eat to much of the green stuff, it won’t make you fat. It will give you energy and it will make you feel full longer. Make a salad or a soup.
- Add protein to your meals like lean meat, fatty fish or eggs. The protein provides energy and keeps you feeling full longer.
- Nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, in its natural form (so not the oily salty ones), for a nice hit of protein which will keep you going.
- Other colors of the rainbow; carrots with a humus dip (or without if you’re on the run), slices of paprika (a.k.a. bell pepper).
- Slices of apple with tahini or cashew nut butter.
- A banana (although this being quite a sweet fruit, you might experience the sugar low after a while).
- Make a green smoothie and add spirulina powder for an extra boost of energy.
- Eat brown grains instead of the white ones. This will definitely give you more energy throughout the day. Brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat.
- If you eat bread, eat whole grain bread made from organic flour, stone milled preferably.
- Sesame, chia, pumpkin and sprouted seeds. Sprinkle them on your salad of greens or ad them to your breakfast porridge or muesli. Sprouted and pumpkin seeds are nice to nibble on as well.
- Greek yoghurt (full fat) has lots of protein in it.
- Drink plenty of water. Add lemon to it for not only extra taste, but extra energy as well.
- Drink herbal tea. Try to keep your coffee intake to one or two a day.
Whatever you do, if you’re hungry and have an overall lack of energy, don’t go for the time efficient muesli bar, soda pop, chocolate bars (unless dark chocolate of course, you have my permission), candy, cookies, chips etc. They are laden with sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and other chemicals. It will give you the sugar high and when that subsides quickly afterwards, it will make you feel lethargic (and a lot of other side effects but let’s leave that for a time when we feel more energy).
Note: snacking healthily won’t do miracles. Go outside, sniff some fresh air, soak up a bit of sun. Exercise. Meet friends. Things you know you should do, but are hard to get yourself to do it when you’re tired. 🙂