Don’t you just hate Mondays? Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a way to conquer the Monday dread?
Well there is a way and it involves one of my favorite things of all time – eating.
Just by making simple little tweaks to your diet, you’ll be able to conquer your Monday with ease. And whether if you’re packing your own lunch for work or grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant, you’ll be able to incorporate there energy boosting foods into your diet.
So to help you do it, here’s a list of 10 healthy energy boosting foods that will help you power through your Mondays. So let’s dig in!
Step away from the white rice and breads, which can cause blood-sugar crashes that leave you dragging, and opt for some quinoa which essentially is a complex card that can give you a steady dose of energy throughout your day. Quinoa is a fantastic source of B vitamins, fiber, protein, and all 9 essential amino acids that your body can’t make itself, which are essential for building muscle.
You can cook it like rice for a side dish or mix it with nuts, berries, and honey for an extremely healthy and delicious breakfast.
2. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein (15-20 grams per 6 oz serving) and probiotics. By adding greek yogurt to your diet you’ll be able to slow your digestion down which can lead to more sustained energy throughout the day. Plus, eating greek yogurt can help fight a weak immune system which will ultimately keep you energized and healthy.
To make this an extra delicious treat, be sure to add some fresh fruit and honey to your yogurt.
Greek Yogurt Recipes: Check out this recipe for Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce.
Do you eat a balanced diet, but still feel exhausted? If so, you might have a magnesium deficiency which requires your heart and body to work harder than it has to when doing physical tasks, ultimately depleting your energy levels quickly. That’s why you should eat some almonds which are perfect for a mid afternoon snack. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine nutrients that boost brain activity, as well as magnesium which helps boost energy levels in your mind and body.
Almond Recipes: You should try this candied almond recipe which is perfect for snacking.
Salmon is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for energy production, brain activity, and circulation as well as maintaining your heart’s health. These omega-3 acids can also prevent depression and elevate your mood. If you don’t like salmon, you can always opt for other seafood including clams and halibut which are excellent sources of iron which is helpful in carrying oxygen throughout your body.
You probably already knew this but in case you didn’t, coffee is an excellent source of caffeine which can increase energy levels, boost mood, and ultimately make you feel less tired. Hot or iced, coffee is a great way to give yourself a needed boost.
High in vitamins and minerals, kale is a great energy booster and key source of calcium. And to really take advantage of the health benefits, make sure to cook it well in oil and balsamic vinegar in order to ensure that all the energy producing vitamins and minerals are easily digestible and can be absorbed by your body. And you can also enjoy it raw preferably in a salad.
Popcorn quite possibly can be one of the best energy boosting snacks, especially for children. Popcorn is both high in fiber and carbohydrates which can lead to higher energy levels. Need a boost? Don’t grab a Snickers. Get yourself a bowl of popcorn!
Popcorn Recipes: 10 Best Popcorn Recipes of All Time (according to Munchyy)
8. Dark Chocolate
Forget caffeine and grab a bar of chocolate. Dark chocolate energizes your body by providing it an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Just make sure that it’s 70% or higher in order to truly utilize the health benefits.
Dark Chocolate: Buy this delicious dark chocolate bar.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil consists primarily of medium chain triglycerides, which are types of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently. So basically, these coconut oils can prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout your day. And plus, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a raw coconut.
Coconut Recipes: Check out this Skinny Coconut Latte.
Also be sure to check out 76 genius ways to use coconut oil on everything. It’s awesome!
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and iron, both of which give you sustainable energy throughout the day. In eggs, you’ll find Choline, which is a type of B-vitamin that is required for brain function and energy production.
Egg Recipes: Check out this Asparagus, Egg, and Bacon Salad recipe.
So what do you eat or drink to help you power through your Monday?
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