Foods that Fight Fatigue a.k.a. Feel Good Foods
Fatigue can become chronic if ignored and will increase the risk of disease.
Certain foods release energy slowly and give us a gradual, sustained boost and long lasting energy rather than short-lived boosts that leave us feeling sluggish and tired. Processed foods and too much meat not only make us unhealthy they drain the body of vitality.
Easily digested and nutrient-rich foods are essential in helping our bodies convert food into energy. Here is a list of 5 superb energy foods (for more details see Nikki Jong's article for Caring.Com):
Oatmeal ~ helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and supports digestive health. The high fiber leaves us feeling full longer, preventing over eating. A good source of vitamin B1 (thiamin), which is crucial for producing energy (a lack of VitB1 results in a lack of energy & loss of appetite.) Full of magnesium, protein and phosphorous, which also directly affects our energy levels.
Yogurt ~ full of protein & gut-healthy probiotics. Because our bodies process yogurt easily it is a great source of quick energy and it is long lasting energy due to the protein and carbs. Research from the University of Toronto reveals probiotics help ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Greek yogurt contains about 2x the protein as regualar yogurt and has a richer, creamier consistency (which is why we love it!)
Add protein-rich flax or hemp seeds, or nuts to oatmeal and yogurt for longer lasting energy.
Spinach ~ full of nutrients that are essential for battling fatigue, helping our bodies perform at their peak. One of the most iron-dense food sources. Iron, a known energy booster, delivers oxygen to our cells enabling them to perform optimally. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin C, it is rich in magnesium and potassium and the excellent energy-supportive B vitamins.
Eat spinach everyday. It is so mild you can add it to anything ~ soups, stews, casseroles, dips, smoothies, stir-frys. Click here for our recipes.
Nuts & Seeds ~ nutrient-dense, all nuts & seeds are excellent sources of high quality proteins, which our bodies convert into lasting energy. Also packed with healthy omega3 fats that are essential because they are the only fats our bodies actually require. Flax seeds and walnuts are particularly rich in omega 3's.
Beans ~ are a Miracle Food and are one of the best foods at fighting fatigue. They are a concentrated source of stable, slow-burning energy due to their composition. They are low in fat, high in fiber and have a good balance of carbs to protein. Beans are loaded with an array of minerals ~ potassium, magnesium, phospherous, copper and iron ~ all essential in producing energy. Enjoy our garbonzo bean (a.k.a. chick pea) recipes :)