Nothing is worse for your workday than feeling sluggish.
Whether it’s after the caffeine rush from your morning coffee or after eating a big lunch, it’s easy to lose focus during work due to fatigue. The easiest and healthiest way to boost your energy is to fuel your body with the right foods.
Check out seven nutrition tips below that will be a game-changer in your productivity!
Consume Real Foods & Avoid Processed Foods When Possible
Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh, real food. While shopping, aim for fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, fish with omega-3 fatty acids, lean proteins, and plant-based proteins.
Make Breakfast A Priority
While breakfast can be an easy meal to skip, it’s one of the best things you can do to start your day right. Eating a nutritious breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, keeps you alert, and leaves you feeling satisfied until lunch. Swap out bagels, sugary cereals, and waffles for fresh fruit, whole-grain cereal, or egg and veggie casserole!
Being hydrated is an effective way to keep your energy high and power through the day. Keep fresh water with you and sip at least one cup every two hours. To be environmentally-friendly, consider a reusable water bottle.
Seek Out Foods High In Antioxidants
To prevent fatigue and illness, consume colorful fruits such as berries and melons as well as dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and spinach.
Choose Power Foods
Top energy foods to aim for weekly include almonds, avocados, quinoa, flax seeds, white beans or black beans, lentils, dates, edamame, and blackberries.
Control Your Portions
Rather than cutting out the food you enjoy completely, try moderating portions as this is more sustainable long-term. Going out to eat? Ask for a to-go container prior to eating and put half away for later.
Cook Your Meals At Home
Whenever possible, try to cook at home for more nutritious meals. Cooking will allow you to control portion sizes, how you prepare your food, and the ingredients you use. (Plus, you will find that you’re saving money too!)