Feeling Tired at Work? Try These 10 Energy-Boosting Foods
These ten quick sources of energy can fit easily into your weekly meal plan...
8 March 2021
Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee or a sugary treat, consider these healthier alternatives.
It's all-too easy to snack on something while at work, but some can actually leave us with a stronger desire to fall asleep than to stay productive. Quick fixes such as caffeine and sugary foods won't provide us with enough energy for the rest of the work day.
Below, we've compiled a quick list of 10 foods that can boost your energy and keep you sharp and focused.
Bananas are one of the easiest energy-boosting foods to bring to work. They're a fantastic source of energising nutrients including potassium, healthy carbohydrates, and vitamin B6.
2. Greek yogurt
If you have a fridge in the office kitchen, packing Greek yoghurt is a great idea. According to Healthline, Greek yoghurt is packed with way more protein than milk. Plus, you can easy add some granola, nuts, fruit, etc. to mix into your yoghurt if you're bored of its typical flavour.
3. Fatty fishes
Bringing fish to work may not be the most office-friendly (think of the smell!), but it's very health-friendly. It's best to eat fatty fish such as salmon or tuna at work as they are a great source of B vitamins, which can help convert food into the energy you need to rock your day.
We recommend bringing fish to work if your office has a breakroom, nearby food court, you have your own office, or if there's a strong air freshener around.
We've heard it since we were kids: An apple a day keeps the doctor a way.
Indeed apples provide vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. So not only are they filling, but their all-natural rich sugar content can give you a healthy energy-boost.
Here's a little tip: eating an apple may raise your blood sugar, so if you'd like to avoid that, consider snacking on a slice of cheddar cheese or a bit of peanut butter to slow it down.
For the uninitiated, quinoa actually makes for an excellent energy-boosting lunch at work. You can mix and match them to create a wide variety of bowls, and some recipes even include chocolate!
6. Boiled eggs
Eat a hard-boiled egg when you need an afternoon pick-me-up at work. According to Medical News Today, eggs are a great source of protein and energy. Just be sure to eat them where it won't stink up the office!
Low-maintenance, easy to find, and easy to pack, nuts are a wonderful source of proteins, healthy fats, and carbs. Some nuts, such as almonds, are filling and rich in vitamin B and vitamin E.
Did you know some athletes would eat pumpkin seeds before a big game? It's because they provide a natural energy boost and can also improve your mood.
Mix nuts into your Greek yoghurt, quinoa, or simply munch on them as they are.
Pegged as a superfood, avocados have a popular following for good reason.
Avocados are rich in fiber, B vitamins, and healthy fats, making them another great source of energy at work.
9. Green tea
Green tea has been hailed for weight loss and relaxation, but did you know that a caffeinated variety of the drink can help you feel a sense of alertness? The good news is that, compared to coffee, green tea doesn't contain that much caffeine. Due to an amino acid found in green tea called 'L-theanine', your body can process the tea's caffeine at a much more reasonable pace.
10. Goji berries
Goji berries are rich in antioxidants and can boost your energy.
Whether you eat it or drink goji berry juice, this 'miracle fruit' can also improve the quality of your sleep, according to studies from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.