Let’s face it: mornings are tough. And even after the recommended 8 hours of sleep we can still feel groggy and irritated, so any tips on how to start the day with more energy are always appreciated.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if we trade in our sugary cereals and cold pizza for an energy boosting alternative we will truly feel the positive impact of eating breakfast. Here are some breakfast options that are sure to increase our energy levels while stimulating better mood, less stress and reduced anxiety!
Oatmeal: Jam-packed with fiber, oatmeal helps keep blood-sugar levels balanced throughout the day by slowing the absorption of glucose. Choose plain oatmeal and sweeten it with additional energy packed foods such as bananas, almonds, and a little bit of natural honey.
Eggs: Protein, protein, protein! All nine essential amino acids are found in an egg, making them a complete source of protein. Also containing B vitamins and plenty of healthy fats, eggs are the ultimate brainpower food!
Peanut Butter: An American favorite, peanut butter is rich in healthy fats and proteins that are sure to give you a boost of energy. A great way to enjoy peanut butter for breakfast is by adding a spoonful to apples or bananas, or as a topping on whole-wheat pancakes or toast.
Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt contains much more protein than plain yogurt, helping you stay fuller longer. The carbohydrates allow for slow-releasing and long-lasting energy levels in the morning.
Green Tea: A nice caffeine-fix substitute, green tea has caffeine but also tons of antioxidants. Try trading in the mug of joe for a cup of nutritious green tea in the mornings.
Bananas: Bananas release energy slowly, but also provide a quick boost. This is because they contain glucose, fructose and sucrose. The sucrose helps keep blood sugar stable by releasing slowly, but the other two get absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.
Spinach: Like the beloved Popeye told us, spinach is full of iron. Iron facilitates red blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen. It also helps produce protein in the body, increasing our energy levels. For a breakfast high in iron, try adding spinach to your eggs, or as an ingredient in a green smoothie.
Whole-Wheat Bread: The complex carbohydrates in whole-wheat bread can offer energy the body needs, along with the energy producing niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. The complex carbohydrates give the body longer-lasting energy throughout the day! Try whole-wheat toast topped with an egg or some peanut butter instead of jelly or butter.
Almonds: Perfect any time of day, these nuts are packed with manganese and copper, promoting energy throughout the body. They also are a good source of protein and riboflavin. Almonds are an easy breakfast on the go or added into yogurt or oatmeal for additional nutrients.