Eating for energy
What foods should you be eating to keep your energy levels up, without piling on the pounds? Aspria nutritionist Caroline Compte offers her advice
If we want to truly supercharge our bodies, filling them with energy, we have to work from the inside out. That means focusing on our nutrition.
Sadly quick fixes – ready-made energy drinks or bars – are not the answer, providing nothing more than a short sugar-fuelled boost followed by a crash. To maintain energy on an ongoing basis, we need to fundamentally change our eating habits over the long term.
So, what should we eat? !
Red fruit, green vegetables
Fruit and vegetables should form the basis of your diet: soups and juices are a great way to do this.
Green vegetable soup, for example, is full of vitamin B, which immediately boosts your energy levels. Vegetable juices are also great for an immediate boost.
Meanwhile red fruits are filled with antioxidants. Put some in your muesli, or in a smoothie. Particularly good for you are blueberries, and also goji berries, which are filled with protein and vitamin B and C.
Organic products are best, free of the pesticides that clog up our bodies over time.
Oilseeds – such as linseeds, sesame, poppy and squash – are real energy bombs. That’s because they’re full of magnesium, which is essential to the production of energy in the cells of the body.
Eaten in moderation, these won’t make you fat – indeed, the fats they contain are essential to the proper functioning of our body. However, you should always choose natural oilseeds. Grilled or salted seeds – the peanuts you might be served as an aperitif, for example – won’t boost your energy and may cause you to put on weight.
Magnesium can also be found in bananas, crustaceans, cabbage and avocado.
Time after time
When we eat certain food types, and how we combine them, is also crucial to sustainably boosting our energy levels.
Food families must be intelligently combined: protein and vegetables in one meal, vegetables and starches in another. If you combine protein and starch, your body will have trouble digesting it and you’ll experience a drop in energy after your meal. It’s also best to consume meat in the middle of the day rather than the evening.