Hoping a cup of coffee, or energy bar, can kick-start the day after you’ve woken up feeling sapped? Well, think again. These mid-meal snacks may give you a temporary burst of energy, but the crash afterward leaves you feeling even more tired, fatigued and lethargic. What you need are foods that will make you feel less tired, by giving you the boost of energy at the right time.
The trick is to choose foods that release energy more slowly and give you a gradual boost of long-lasting energy. Along with the right amount of sleep and exercise, these four energy-boosting foods that can make a big difference to your day:
High in fiber and protein, oats are eaten for breakfast help stabilize blood sugar all day. Eat one cup daily.
Protein and fiber provide sustained energy without a crash. They’re also packed with magnesium, which helps convert sugar into energy. Eat a handful, not more.
High in fiber, dal can help regulate blood sugar levels, and the selenium they contain enhances mood. But don’t have more than half a cup.
Less than 100 g portion, it contains a hefty dose of protein that speeds metabolism, which in turn increases energy. If you’re a vegetarian, try half-cup quinoa instead. The gluten-free grain contains protein and amino acids that aid in muscle repair and recovery.