We’ve all heard a lot of secrets about ways of getting energy, the energy we need to excel on the job and anywhere else. Some of these might be perfectly valid, and yet some give only bursts of energy, leading to a crash.
Here are some foods that keep you going all day.
1. Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries
In general, fructose, found in all fruits, provides a good and sustainable energy. But these particular fruits are valuable for specific reasons. Bananas have all three types of sugar, glucose, sucrose, and fructose, and these cycle into the body on different time-tables, keeping you going steady. Strawberries and blueberries are superfoods packed with antioxidants.
Pod-born beans such as kidney beans, white beans, and soy beans, pack all sorts of antioxidants. They also keep your blood sugar steady, which is of the utmost importance. Drop in blood sugar guarantees a loss of energy. These are pretty easy to pack into lunches, etc. and can often be eaten cold.
This tasty nut is important because it contains riboflavin, which is an important B vitamin. Riboflavin goes in and does a lot of dirty work, maintaining the function of other ingredients and processes in your body. For one, it maintains the recycling of glutathione, an important antioxidant. This means ridding the body of things that can harm your various cells.
This can be a great leftover to pack in your lunch or get at restaurants as available. Because it’s so high in vitamin B6, it will keep you going. It is also easy to accompany with legumes and spinach, another very healthy food.
Yes, honey! Here’s why this is so beneficial. It is, believe it or not, low on the glycemic scale. It doesn’t hoist your blood sugar up super high, only to crash it. Instead, it works on a time-release policy, fueling your muscles steadily, as they need it the most. What you’re looking for is the longest lasting energy possible, and never a feeling of bouncing off the walls. Like salmon and beans (legumes), honey does its work nice and slowly, never lifting you and crashing you.
6. Brown Rice
White rice is a simple carb that does that very thing—lifting and crashing. But brown rice gives true, sustainable energy. Here’s its big trick: it contains manganese, which turns carbs into energy. That’s what carbs need to do, not to end up being bulges around your belly.
So there are our Power 6. As you can see, they don’t contain some magic Energy Bullet. It’s not like that. Instead, together, these foods and their ingredients speed to all corners of your body, doing a wide variety of work to keep you energized. That’s a good thing to know, so you don’t have to eat brown rice twelve times a week or make sure you have baggies of almonds stashed everywhere! Generally, be sure to eat a healthy diet, avoiding simple carbs, potatoes, candy, sugar, and partake of these foods as often as needed for a nice extra boost.