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Energy Boosting Foods for Thought

Energy Boosting Foods

Feeling that mid season slug? Hitting the wall out there on the slopes? Winter is also the time for cold and flus, don't let the winter blues get you down with these healthy energy-boosting foods to give you that extra bit of a boost that you need on your next adventure.

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Fuel food for the body starts in the morning

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.

Start the day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Imagine a whole day without drinking. Your body does the equivalent of this every night when you sleep- it needs rehydrating immediately.

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Start fuelling your body in the morning with a fibre and protein packed breakfast that will keep you feeling full and blood sugar level steady. Try these for a power packed start to the day:

  • Eggs on multigrain toast
  • Oatmeal with a side of yogurt and berries

Take a break and refresh the body and mind

Avoid burning out and take a few minutes to stop, refuel and hydrate yourself.

Snack

Small snacks will help to maintain energy levels and ensure that you're not running on empty in between meals.

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Avoid simple carbohydrates and sugars such as sweets, lollies and fizzy drinks, which will only provide a quick "hit" followed by drowsiness. Instead try high fibre and protein options such as:

Try including these Energising Foods and Drinks in your diet:

Water: an integral part of keeping all the cells in your body hydrated and working at optimum levels.

Almonds: eaten raw and unsalted, are a good source of healthy fats and protein to balance blood sugar levels.

Quinoa: rich in complex carbohydrates and protein, a highly nutritious grain that keeps you full and energized well into your next meal.

Dark Chocolate: energizes by providing an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Make sure it's at least 70%.

Bananas: rich in potassium and B vitamins, bananas help slow down digestion and can keep blood sugar levels stable.

Bran Flakes: full of energy producing B-vitamins, iron, and magnesium. The fibre will also keep you full for longer and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Salmon: high in essential omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for energy production, brain activity, and circulation as well as maintaining heart health.

Curry: spices can boost energy levels with antioxidants, normalize blood sugar levels, and promoting good circulation.

Coconut: oils can prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout your day.

Lentils: stabilize blood glucose levels and can help prevent a mid afternoon crash.

Eggs: high in iron and protein to give you sustainable energy throughout the day.

Whole Grains: complex carbohydrates, fibre, B-vitamins and iron will keep you energized until your next meal.

Citrus Fruits: rich in Vitamin C can boost your body's immune system.

Greek Yogurt: filled with probiotics can help fight a weak immune system and boost your energy levels.

Kale: high in vitamins and minerals, kale is a great energy booster and key source of calcium.

Ginger Tea: filled with antioxidants and nutrients that can give you an afternoon boost.

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