Let’s get some pep in our step, put the pedal to the metal and get hustle in our muscle! I’m talking about fueling up. Like race cars zipping around the track, our body needs regular pit stops to recharge and refuel.
An optimal metabolism is the rate which our bodies break down and convert the food we eat into energy. We need an even distribution of nutrient-rich foods throughout the day to keep going and regulate the rise and fall of blood sugar (the infamous “bonk.”)
Below are 5 fuel foods to give you sustained energy throughout the day.
1. One Potato, Two Potato
This complex carb makes super energy and helps you feel full without feeling sluggish. Baked, mashed, scalloped, hash, chips; it is oh-so-versatile. Plus, potatoes are low on the glycemic index and contain minerals like iron and manganese that nutritionally support energy.
2. Go Nuts
Raw, roasted and toasted. Almonds, cashews and walnuts are just some of the nuts that contain macros to support caloric energy. This healthy fat is nutrient dense. Pro tip: go with nut butter! Start blending and spreading (in moderation of course) this tasty fatigue fighter.
3. Friendly Fiber
Fibrous foods spark that giddy-up-and-go. And not just in the “regular” kind of way. Fiber-rich foods such as lentils, beans, flax and brussel sprouts satiate you and balance your energy by maintaining steady blood glucose levels. So, stock up on this friendly nutrient!
4. Spice of Life
What do cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and turmeric have in common? These medicinal flavor enhancers have the ability to cleanse and fight diseases while igniting our energy flow in a massive way. Incorporate a pinch here and a dash there. Spices are also a great way to manage sodium intake. Less salt means less bloat, and when we feel lighter, being active becomes more effortless.
5. Oh My Oats
Oats are the supreme of all fuels. They break down at a very slow pace, which means a longer duration of energy without a glucose crash. Add oats to your cookies and smoothies, or eat a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Still not convinced? Try these delicious Cherry Oat Energy Bites.