Do you feel sluggish in the morning or find yourself falling into an afternoon slump? If so, you might benefit from some eating strategies to help you feel more energized. Alex Borsuk, our Registered Dietitian, ultra-marathoner and all-around inspirational friend, brings you her 5 favorite ways to eat for energy. 1) Variety Eating bananas and broccoli is great, but eating bananas, broccoli, dragonfruit, kale, and kumquats is even better! Every fruit and veggie has its own unique phytonutrient profile, so eating a wider variety can help you get more nutrient diversity. “Plants contain a wide variety of free radical scavengers such as phenolic compounds and vitamins which are rich in antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress in the body,” says Borsuk. 2) Avoid Energy Vampires Eating too much sugar or refined grains can give you a temporary boost of energy, but the crash you feel after can make you feel even more zapped. Also, Borsuk warns, “Overindulgence in high caloric meals or alcohol or oppositely, skipping meals, can make you feel really sluggish.” 3) Eat a Better Breakfast “Eating breakfast helps to kickstart your metabolism that has been running slowly while you were sleeping,” explains Borsuk. “Once you’ve got your motor running, eating a balanced breakfast will keep that pep in your step all morning long. Earnest Eats Energized Hot Cereals are the total package. They provide 8g of plant protein from grains, seeds and nuts, healthy fats from nuts, and complex carbs from superfood like quinoa, oats and amaranth.” 4) Get Fat “Too much of the wrong kind of fat, like trans fats, can build up in the body and cause problems. But good fats, like Omega-3s and MCTs (medium chain triclycerides), can help you feel more energized,” Borsuk explains. The essential fatty acids found in Omega-3 sources like salmon and tuna play a role in keeping brain cells healthy which can help you feel mentally alert. MCTs are the kind of fat found in the coconut oil we use in our Energized Hot Cereal cups and are an amazing source of fuel for your body. MCTs are metabolized more quickly than other types of fats and are converted into fuel for immediate use by the body instead of being stored as fat. 5) Stay hydrated “If you’re eating well, sleeping well and still feeling sluggish, not being fully hydrated could be the problem,”Borsuk points out. Staying hydrated keeps your blood volume optimal for carrying oxygen and nutrients to all of your cells and carrying waste away. Getting dehydrated will lead to fatigue, so if you want to stay awake and alert, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Cheers! Read more about Alex Borsuk.
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