Winter weather can make you feel sluggish and unmotivated. You shouldn’t have to feel like you can’t achieve your full potential. Luckily there’s a bunch of natural foods that have the power to unlock that same energy you had in the warmer months!
A real energiser packed full of magnesium and B vitamins, almonds are full of nutritional goodness. Low levels of B vitamins leads to poor concentration, fatigue and irritability, while magnesium deficiency causes insomnia, muscle aches and spasms among other things. About 23 almonds per day is beneficial.
Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain function. Omega-3 has also been found to reduce depression and boost your mood. Try for at least 100g of salmon per week for the full benefits.
An easy snack on the go, bananas have some added health benefits too. Research suggests low levels of potassium is linked with a greater risk of depression and mood imbalances. Carry as a snack or blend a banana into your morning smoothie to increase your potassium intake. They also taste great frozen. Try this recipe.
A superfood, kale is high in vitamins and minerals. Kale is also a real energy booster as it provides you with essential minerals of copper, potassium, iron and phosphorus. Additionally, kale contains all 9 essential amino acids and is packed with antioxidants. Kale contains L-tyrosine, an amino acid which gives you a mental boost. It has been suggested kale should be cooked instead of raw as it’s easier for the body to digest. As with bananas, kale can easily be blended into a smoothie.
Lentils might not be quite as trendy as some other superfoods at the moment, but their benefits are still abundant. The fibre in lentils helps to stabilise your blood glucose levels and control your appetite. Lentils also contain complex carbohydrates and protein which can help boost the production of serotonin, improving your mood.
The Chinese have been using goji berries for centuries. The tiny berry stabilises blood sugar and keeps your energy levels and mood up. Goji berries are also easy to blend into a smoothie.
LSA stands for linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds which has been ground into a powder. LSA is rich in protein which keeps your blood sugar levels balanced and helps curb your sugar cravings. Sprinkle onto your cereal or add to a smoothie to get your fix.
A rich source of nutrients, flax seeds are another great addition to your smoothies. An amazing source of omega-3, flax seeds are particularly useful for vegetarians who don’t eat fish. ALA is a plant based omega-3 and cannot be made by our bodies, therefore, must be consumed. Flax seeds are also high in protein, meaning they’ll keep you feeling full for longer. It’s thought flax seeds can help manage blood sugar too, which can assist with diabetes management.
So there you have it! These 8 foods can be easily incorporated into your diet on a daily basis with just a little bit of planning. The benefits to your mood will be a continued incentive! You can also experiment with different smoothie options to keep things interesting.