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FOOD & FITNESS / JUN. 11, 2015
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Top 6 Foods for a ‘Pick-Me-Up’ at Work

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No matter what day it is, for some workers, the battery in the clock may as well be dead. If you’re lucky, you’ll be so involved in your job that the work days will fly by. While working isn’t always going to be fun, sometimes the lack of energy is our own fault because of the foods we choose to eat. These six suggestions prove that energy-rich food can defy the odds of never-ending work days.

See also: Top 10 Foods We Should Avoid

1. Real Food Not Processed

Teachers may have been onto something with those apples. Why drink a strawberry-flavored juice, eat processed applesauce or chew on watermelon candy when you can just eat the real fruit? Eating "real" food without all of the additives is an energy booster and an excellent source of fibre. Fibre helps the digestive system, which in turns helps with weight loss. Packing on the pounds can always slow a person down. Plus real fruits and vegetables are easy to throw into a backpack, purse or drawer. 

2. Select Some Seeds

The smell of fresh baked bread or those rolls that are included on the side of pasta dishes at lunch may seem like a great idea. The problem is if your lunch menu doesn’t include any kind of whole grains, energy levels will decrease even further. Noodles and breads aren’t all bad though. Look for whole-wheat, multi-grain pasta instead of plain pasta. Choose multi-grain or brown rice instead of white rice. Embrace the sesame seeds or flaxseed on top of those bread buns and rolls, too. Whole grains will make you feel fuller for a longer amount of time; help the body absorb a meal, lower blood sugar and keep energy levels stable all at the same time.

3. Boost Iron Levels

Approximately 10 percent of women between the ages of 20 to 49 need more iron. Health.com confirms that foods like beans, sesame seeds and lentils are rich in iron and help people — women especially — to eliminate fatigue. On top of iron-rich foods being necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails, Web MD goes one step further by stating that iron is necessary to get enough oxygen in the body from healthy red blood cells. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep are recommendations to avoid stress-related asthma as well. 

4. Water Coolers Keep Bodies Cool

While water cooler conversations may be an excuse to gossip with co-workers, they’re also a chance to stretch those legs and arms and actually rehydrate. Coffee and energy drinks give people a false sense of energy the same way as chocolate. Imagine the stimulants in these three food options as a roller coaster. While they may temporarily make energy go up, as soon as the body digests all the fat, sugar and additives, the energy level goes right back down. However, water helps to flush the body of any remaining sticky candy on your teeth or food that didn’t quite digest on its own. On top of helping your teeth, water is necessary for the digestive system to do its job and keep the energy flowing.

5. Mix and Match Proteins With 'Good' Carbs

The problem with the no-carb diet is it bunches complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates together as if they are all the same. "Good" carbohydrates can be a source for weight loss, high energy and a way to help get rid of toxins from processed food. "Good" carbohydrates are even more efficient at increasing energy if they’re paired with another top food. For example, multi-grain crackers and low fat cheese are a perfect blend of fibre, protein, calcium and carbohydrates. Any kind of nut is already high on the list as an energy booster, including nut spreads such as peanut butter. Slather peanut butter on an apple or a slice of multi-grain bread. Instead of high-fat mayonnaise, consider spreading an avocado slice on top of that burger. This list of high-protein foods and simple carbohydrates are all good examples to partner together.

6. Get Curious About Quinoa

Quinoa and cous cous are two of those foods that can blend in easily with many main dishes, including salads, chilli or even as a cereal substitute. On top of being pretty easy to prepare with just a small cup of water, quinoa is also packed with complex carbohydrates and protein. Although the two don’t taste the same, quinoa is similar to tofu in that it takes on the taste of whatever other food is being eaten. It’s even good as a dessert. Cut up an apple, sprinkle raisins or add almonds, and it can be eaten similar to oatmeal but with a mildly firmer texture. 

See Also: Top 10 Foods That Will Make You Happy

While these six suggestions can’t make a boring meeting suddenly become fun or replace the sleep you may have missed, they do assist in providing higher energy. Blend a reasonable amount of sleep (six hours or more) with about 15–30 minutes of exercise each day, and energy levels should improve in a rapid amount of time.

 

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