Do you have moments when, no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t seem to muster up enough energy in the mornings? There are several possible contributing factors to consider. You might not be getting enough rest at night (you need no less than six hours). You might be eating too much sugar (try replacing refined carbs with whole grains and drinking less juice). You could be drinking too much coffee (caffeine is a stimulant) or not enough water (dehydration affects energy levels). Or, you might not be exercising enough (regular exercise is great for improving sleep quality so that you're refreshed in the morning).
Another issue is you might not be eating breakfast. Or, when you do, you’re not eating the right foods. If this last point is your greatest culprit, make a personal commitment to eat a healthy breakfast starting tomorrow morning. And make sure some of the following things are on your plate.
If you’re low in Vitamin B, have an egg. It contains 15 percent of the required day allowance in Vitamin B12 alone! Eggs also have Vitamins D, E and K along with zinc and calcium. They help to raise the good cholesterol levels in your body. Thanks to the choline in them, your cell membranes are able to receive the nutrients that they need. Eggs also have antioxidants that help to improve your vision. They have lots of protein too. You need protein in order to improve your body’s muscle mass, stabilize your blood sugar levels and also improve your moods, thanks to its high amount of amino acids.
Spinach Or Kale
Whether you decide to make yourself an omelet or you want to add some fresh greens into a juicer or a smoothie, go with spinach or kale. Spinach has Vitamins A, C and K in them along with folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and copper. Kale contains all of these Vitamins along with antioxidants and sulfur which hates to detoxify your system. The more nutrients in your body, the stronger you’ll feel and the healthier your immune system will be. Fresh leafy greens are like taking a multi-vitamin in food form (click
here for some awesome green smoothie recipes!).
Oats are considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. They’re a whole grain that have manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc in them. Oats are loaded with antioxidants. Some of the most effective are avenanthramides. What they do is help to lower your blood pressure (they also are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties). Oats are high in fiber and they’re a filling food which means you can lose weight from eating them on a regular basis. If you’re an athlete, you need oats because they have Vitamin B12 and iron in them---both keep your blood healthy and provide a boost to your immune system.
All of us need Vitamin C. Citrus fruits have plenty of it. Vitamin C contains antioxidants that fight off free radicals in your system. Oranges have citrus limonoids that fight against cancers, potassium to strengthen your heart, polyphenols to fight off viral infections, fiber to relieve constipation and beta-carotene to protect your skin. Oranges are also a “smart carb” that increase your energy levels without raising your blood sugar level.
Did you wake up late and you’re running out the door? Grab a handful of almonds. They have magnesium, zinc and Vitamin E in them. They also have riboflavin and L-carnitine; both improve brain function. Monosaturated fats are in almonds help to prevent diabetes, and proactive components that make digestion so much easier. There’s phosphorus in almonds too. Those will aid in maintaining your bone health. The protein and Vitamin B2 in them will also give you a real energy boost.
Sweet potatoes? For breakfast? Have some sweet potato pancakes in the morning and it’ll change your life (click
here for a recipe)! Sweet potatoes are a super food. They are high in good carbs. They've got fiber to keep you regular, along with Vitamins A, B6, C and E, manganese, copper and pantothenic acid. The magnesium in sweet potatoes reduce stress. The iron in sweet potatoes improve red and white blood cell production. And the potassium in sweet potatoes help to relax muscle contractions and reduce swelling (great to know if you work out during morning hours!).
One of honey’s nickname is “liquid gold” because, arguably, nothing is sweeter and healthier! If you get some local raw honey, the allergens in them will help to alleviate your own allergy symptoms. The antioxidants in them will boost your memory and concentration levels. Put some of it in your hair conditioner and it will alleviate dandruff while keeping your hair nice and soft. One more thing. Honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Put it in your smoothie and it turns into the ultimate energy drink! Click
here for some honey fruit smoothie recipes and have a GREAT DAY!