Summers are officially here and it isn’t surprising when most people feel a dip in their energy levels. Well, with summers, our body needs a boost up and eating the right food can help reload us with energy.
Intense summer heat, nauseating pollution and ceaseless traffic are reasons enough to drain out the energy right in the morning hours also and thus, fatigue is felt by most of us when we start our work.
While, it is invariably important to hydrate oneself during this season by drinking ample of water and other liquids like fruit juices, smoothies, coconut water etc, it is also imperative to watch the food we eat.
Whether summer or any other season, health foods are always the best alternatives to the unhealthy junk food. Here’s a list of 5 health foods that can help you boost your energy levels in this scorching heat:
Why start your day famished? Opt for a bowl of Muesli with skimmed milk or yoghurt, add slices of fresh fruits and enjoy a hearty breakfast along with getting an instant energy kick. Besides helping boost energy, Mueslis also aid in weight management. It is rich in fibre and protein and has zero cholesterol, making it good for your heart too. A healthy blend of rolled oats, corn flakes, wheat flakes and fruit crushes; it is definitely healthier than other sugary cereals.
Detoxify yourself: why not purify yourself every morning with a glass of lemonade adding a dash of honey? Honey comes in many varieties and each is beneficial when compared to processed sugar. Honey, rich in antioxidants helps in boosting immunity, stimulates metabolism and is a good source of energy.
It is also cholesterol-free and sodium-free. Add a dash of Multifloral Honey to your tea, breads, desserts and mueslis!
A handful of nuts, seeds and dried fruits is an all-time best munching option. Create your own Trail mix by adding watermelon seeds, melon seeds, green raisin, black raisin, peanuts, almonds, cashew nuts, dried pineapple and dried papaya fruit.
Laden with high protein and dietary fiber it gives you an instant energy boost and helps you get going to the gusto.
Spirulina is known for its richest natural source of protein and is thus a complete food for the body. It contains essential fatty acids along with vitamins, minerals as well as antioxidants. It builds immunity, helps protect eyesight and also fights stress. So pop one or two Spirulina every day and get an energy boost that keeps you going throughout the day.
Granola Bars are the ultimate energy snack bars. A delicious mix of various healthy ingredients, Granola Bars are packed with a variety of nutrients. These intensely flavoured bars are the perfect pre-workout snack that will energize you to go that extra mile in the gym.
This article is contributed by Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director at GAIA.