Early morning wakeup? Always feel sleepy in your first class and you seem to be able to concentrate after lunch has finished?
We all know to feel energised, we need protein. They provide the essential amino acids we need to make neurotransmitters which help us maintain mental focus. Steel-cut oats provide twice the amount of protein as normal oatmeal. Furthermore, oats contains an essential fibre called beta-glucan which helps heart health and could help you avoid having excess cholesterol.
Foods with Vitamin B
Vitamin B helps convert food into energy that your body can use. A lack of it can even result in depression. Thus, if you want to feel energised during the day every day, have a well-rounded diet with fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and meats. Clams, oysters, mackerel, crustaceans and tofu are particularly high in vitamin B.
All-Natural Peanut Butter
Although too much may not be good for you as it is a high caloric food, a little goes a long way when it comes to our old childhood friend called peanut butter. It’s full of protein, fiber and fats that’ll help keep your blood sugars at a steady level and provide you with the energy you’ll need. Instead of using butter which has little fibre or protein on your toast, why not try using an all natural peanut butter or nut butter next time? Make sure you do avoid ones that come with added sugar though.
The Simple Banana
Don’t forget the basics! If you are ever in a rush, and I’m not saying you should skip breakfast, at least have a banana! Even better, slice up a banana and put it on your cereal in the morning. Bananas are packed with potassium which help promote sustained energy and muscle function.
Lastly, always remember, no food is a going to be able to fully save you from a bad night with little sleep. Sleeping is super important if you want to feel awake during the day. If you have trouble sleeping, have a look at our post about it as well.
Jack Zheng | N° 65