Eating for Energy

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Adding yoga to your daily routine is great, but it also takes energy to get going and keep going. We know that on busy days its easy to just grab something quick and easy to eat and head out the door in the morning, but we are here to share a few ways to eat for energy that are better than grabbing a quick but unhealthy meal.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are trying to get yourself energized is that your calorie intake needs to be spread relatively evenly across the day. Whether that means eating three balanced meals or five small meals, just try to make sure your caloric intake is balanced. Eating a small breakfast, or skipping it all together, can leave you feeling sluggish in the morning, and it can also lead to over indulging at lunch or dinner. We know its easy to just grab a quick bite and run out of the house in the morning, but it’s important to have balanced meals to get you through the day.

So now the question comes to what foods can give you the most bang for your buck in terms of energy. We have put together a list for you of a few foods that will keep you going throughout the day.

  • Almonds: Almonds are high in protein, vitamin E, and fiber. Not only are almonds tasty, but they also will keep you going all day long. Also, as a bonus, almond flour is great for people who are gluten-free as a substitute for regular flour!
  • Beans: Beans, like almonds, are high in fiber and in protein. This high fiber content means that the beans are digested more slowly, and so the energy they release is steady and sustained over a long period of time. They will leave you feeling full for longer, which means less unhealthy snacking too.
  • Spinach: Spinach is packed full of nutrients and vitamins. It can help with bone health, cardiovascular help, and aids your muscles and eyes. That’s a whole lot for a green leaf right? And as a bonus, if you don’t like spinach on its own you can throw it into a fruit smoothie and get all of the benefits of spinach with the taste of a delicious smoothie.
  • Bananas: Bananas are great energy boosters! Bananas are full of nutrients and vitamins that not only boost energy; they also help heart health and prevent muscle cramps. Bananas are also perfect to grab and take on the go. So no more making excuses for an unhealthy snack on the go!
  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, carbohydrates, and potassium. So overall they are pretty much just a delicious superfood! Sweet potatoes can satisfy a sweet tooth, while still being good for you and providing long lasting energy and nutrition.