Foods Great For A Mid-Day Energy Boost
Feeling low on energy? God created food that it may be nourishment unto our bodies. It is the fuel that keeps us going and being that we are the temple of the living God it is important to be intentional in making sure that we are giving our body the highest grade. When walking in purpose we will find ourselves being stretched in many directions between work, ministry, school, and family among other things. Because of this, it is important to be well prayed up, filled and strengthened by the Spirit, but also well energized. Energy is important because without it we are unable to do the will of God passionately, effectively, and productively. If you’ve been feeling drained and always tired there could be a lot of reasons behind it such as a spiritual attack, or a lack of sleep, but sometimes the answer lies in what we are (or are not) eating. Here are some nutritionally dense foods to add to your diet to get an extra boost of energy even without the coffee or sugary energy drinks.
Tuna fish is great lunch idea for an instant afternoon pick me up because it is filled with proteins. The body primarily looks for carbs when wanting to burn energy but some carbs can actually slow and weigh you down so foods high in protein is a good alternative for those carb filled lunches that leaves you feeling like you want to take an afternoon nap right on your office floor!
Though small, chia seeds have a long and glorious reputation of having countless health benefits among of which is the fact that it provides stable energy. This is because it carries a lot of slow digesting fibers and carbs which gives you a quick yet enduring boost without the dreaded crash characteristic of typical energy drinks.
Yes, go nutty over the nuts! They are an easy option for an on-the-go snack and they are full of nutrients that are essential to our energy levels such as protein, omega-3s, and vitamin B and E, magnesium, and potassium. It’s best to have raw nuts and stay away from the processed, roasted, coated, and salted ones.
Quinoa is considered a superfood and for good reasons. It is a complete protein and has a lot of slow releasing fibers. Also, a lot of times when we feel tired and sluggish it is because our iron levels are low and Quinoa is an excellent source of iron.
Seriously, is there anything that spinach can’t do? From promoting glowing skin, healthy hair, and bone health to lowering blood pressure and glucose levels, spinach is good for many things in our body. Also in that long list of benefits is the fact that it contains a lot of iron so a spinach salad can be all it takes to beat that afternoon slump!
As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate! The benefits of chocolate go far beyond just being a tasty treat but it also has the same energy and mind boosting elements that are in caffeine such as theobromine and tryptophan — a precursor to serotonin, a compound that helps you feel calm. Just be sure to skip the sugary, candy-coated ones and make sure to not overindulge, limiting it just a few squares a couple of times a week.
They are small but don’t be fooled, they sure do pack quite a punch that will wake you up and make the afternoon yawns a thing of yesterday. The lack of magnesium can be the cause of headaches, lack of energy, a bad mood, and insomnia, among other things. If you’ve been suffering from some or all of these things chances are you lacking in Magnesium but Thank God for these powerful seeds that contain both Magnesium and Iron!
Berries will certainly add flavor to your day but can do more than just that! Berries are a good source of energy and they also help in your brain functions and it promotes focus.