We have all been there; waking up and feeling tired all day. It is harder to concentrate and perform daily tasks. The next step is losing patience and becoming frustrated. The usual resort is filling up your body with caffeine. There are better solutions for yawning at your desk and avoiding physical activities because you are too tired. Eating a balanced diet is definitely one of the ways of ensuring that your body is energized enough. Keeping the blood sugar levels balanced is very important.
Still, you should steer away from artificial sugar sources and turn to fruits or whole grains instead. Eating a power snack (protein, little fat and fiber) between meals will surely bring you back on your feet. The building blocks of protein, amino acids, can energize you even better than carbohydrates, which are famous for that feature. Fiber can make a difference between feeling sluggish or ready for all the challenges. If you think about food as your fuel, you will know that you cannot drive on a few drops for long time. Yes, today’s life pace does not allow us to spend much time preparing food, but that is why people turn to shakes and smoothies as alternatives. To get more nutrients, you can add whey protein into the shake to increase strength, feel fuller and loose fat. Sometimes a solution for fatigue is as simple as it gets: a tall cool glass of water, because tiredness often appears as a mask for dehydration.
I wanted to share 3 healthy recipes to boost up your energy.
Quinoa, Spinach, and Shiitake Salad
Quinoa has the ability of increasing levels of serotonin. Spinach contains vitamin B that is a true mood-booster, while shitake are a source of selenium that is great for fighting depression.
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
- Salt and ground pepper
- 1 ½ cups quinoa
- 2 pounds fresh shiitake mushrooms (halved, stems removed)
- 1 pound baby spinach
- 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- Whisk together oil, salt, pepper and vinegar in a small bowl. Broil the mushrooms (20 - 25 minutes). Boil salted quinoa with two glasses of water until it is absorbed. Mix all together in a bowl and top with crumbled feta.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango
This delicious and low-in-calories salad (185 per serving) is perfect for keeping your energy levels as high as possible.
- 4 chicken breast-halves
- 8 cups mixed salad greens
- 3/4 cup diced peeled avocado
- 1 cup diced peeled mango
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp mango chutney
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp peeled grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Mix together juice, oil, chutney, ginger and soy sauce in a small bowl. Season the chicken with half of the mixture. Grill the chicken. Arrange mangos, avocados and greens on serving plates and the chicken over it. Drizzle the remaining dressing over it.
Mixed Berry Protein Cheesecake
Light, refreshing and as tasty as it gets.
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 6 medjool dates
- 1/3 cup hazelnuts
- 1 tsp organic vanilla bean extract
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 scoops of whey protein in Wild Berry flavor
- 1/2 tub cottage cheese
- Crush all the base ingredients in a food processor and shape into a cake tin. Place in the fridge. Mix the ingredients for filling in a food processor until you gain smooth texture. Pour the mixture onto the base. Decorate with berries, muesli and nuts. Leave it overnight in the freezer.
Nicole is a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife. She is passionate about travelling and healthy living. She loves exploring new things and sharing her ideas with others. In her free time she loves to prepare delicious and healthy dishes for her friends. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.