Wake Up!

Told you I’d actually go today. ;P

It was rather odd though. I was wide awake when I woke up at 5 AM this morning to go to the gym. But once I was done and I was driving to work, I became exhausted. I was soooooo tired. And I had no idea why. (Maybe only sleeping 5 hours has a factor in it.)

Anyways, my eyes were having a hard time staying opened when I remembered a very random fact: Cashews can help wake you up because of the protein(?) in it! And I have a stash of snack cashews in at work so I don’t get too hungry during the day. So, once I got here, I ate some.

And it worked.

Now, I am still slightly tired, but man, those cashews really helped. I am now functional! And it was a few hours ago that I ate them, so of course I am getting tired again. (Plus, it is lunch time. I need food.)

So, I got curious (yes, I know, me and my curiosity) and wanted to know what other foods help wake you up! For future reference because I know I will run into this again.

Food to help you wake up!

All info was found (and copied from) here: Foods That Boost Energy

Water is a integral part of keeping all the cells in your body hydrated and working at optimum levels, says dietitian Kim Stinson-Burt. Start the day with a tall (at least 500 ml) glass of water as soon as you wake up. “Imagine going an entire work day without drinking. Your body does the equivalent of this every night when you sleep. Many Canadians are starting the day dehydrated, which leads to fatigue very early on in the day.,” she says.

When eaten raw and unsalted, almonds are a good source of healthy fats and protein to balance blood sugar levels, Stinson-Burt says. One ounce of almonds (that’s about 23) can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

“Rich in complex carbohydrates and protein, quinoa is a highly nutritious grain that keeps you full and energized well into your next meal,” she says. For meal options, try warm quinoa with raisins, almonds and cinnamon as a cereal or mix it into your favourite salad for lunch.

Dark Chocolate:
Forget caffeine and grab a bar of chocolate. “Dark chocolate energizes by providing an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Make sure it’s at least 70 per cent,” Stinson-Burt says.

Rich in potassium and B vitamins, bananas help slow down digestion and can keep blood sugar levels stable, Stinson-Burt says.

Bran Flakes:
Replace your cereals with bran. “Bran flakes are full of energy producing B-vitamins, iron, and magnesium. The fibre will also keep you full for longer and stabilize blood sugar levels,” Stinson-Burt says.

Salmon is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for energy production, brain activity, and circulation as well as maintaining heart health, Stinson-Burt says.

Often as traditional dishes in Asia and the Caribbean, spicy curries made with turmeric, cinnamon, cumin and other spices can boost energy levels with antioxidants, normalize blood sugar levels, and promoting good circulation, Stinson-Burt says.

“Oils that are found in coconuts consists primarily of medium chain triglycerides, which are types of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently,” she says. These oils can prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout your day.

Lentils and other legumes — like chickpeas or kidney beans — stabilize blood glucose levels and can help prevent a mid afternoon crash, Stinson-Burt says.

Eggs are high in iron and protein to give you sustainable energy throughout the day. “Choline is a type of B-vitamin that is found in eggs that is required for brain function and energy production,” she says.

Whole Grains:
Wheat, kamut, spelt, oats or even brown rice. “No matter which whole grain you go for, the complex carbohydrates, fibre, B-vitamins and iron will keep you energized until your next meal,” Stinson-Burt says.

Citrus Fruits:
Citrus fruits, like lemons and limes, are rich in Vitamin C which can boost our body’s immune system.

Greek Yogurt:
Yogurt of all sorts contains probiotics, which are well known for being a key part of healthy digestion, Stinson-Burt says. These probiotics can also help fight a weak immune system and boost your energy levels.

Kale really is a superfood. High in vitamins and minerals, kale is a great energy booster and key source of calcium. “If you want to cook it, 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 absorbed for use in the body,” Stinson-Burt says.

Ginger Tea:
Forget coffee and grab a tea. Ginger infused tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that can give you an afternoon boost.


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