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High Energy Foods to Beat the Winter Blues

We’re officially in the middle of winter and those of us in the northeast have definitely been feeling it! With less sunlight and freezing temperatures, the winter blues can affect us more than we think. Feeling a little less motivated, lethargic, and sometimes even moody? We feel you! With changes in seasons, also come changes in mood. In addition to light therapy (infrared sauna review coming soon!) today we’re here to share nutrition tips help you salvage your energy and shake off the seasonal blues. Here are some of our favorite high energy foods to survive this winter!

High Energy Foods to Beat the Winter Blues

Fruits + Nuts

  • Bananas -Excellent source of carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin B6 which helps the body to regulate mood and cope with stress.
  • Blueberries– High in fiber and offer a slow release of energy.
  • Apples– Rich in natural sugars, fiber, and contain high levels of antioxidants which allows the body to slowly digest carbohydrates, thus releasing energy over a more extended period of time.
  • Goji Berries– Help to improve mental performance, alertness, and fatigue.
  • Almonds– Contains Manganese and Copper which aid in energy flow throughout the body.

Vegetables + Grains

  • Leafy Green Vegetables (like Kale and Spinach)- High in iron (which helps to fight fatigue), calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.
  • Quinoa– Low glycemic index allows for carbs to be absorbed slowly and provides sustained energy.
  • Brown Rice– High fiber content and low glycemic index help to regulate blood sugar levels + maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.
  • Sweet Potatoes– High in fiber and provide you with a steady supply of energy. 

Protein

  • Fatty Fish (like Salmon and Tuna)- Great source of protein, fatty acids, and B vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation which can also cause fatigue.
  • Eggs– Great source of protein and provide a sustained source of energy when digested because it does not cause spikes in blood sugar levels.

Drinks

  • Water– Involved in many cellular functions, including energy production.
  • Yerba Mate– Promotes the production of the hormone epinephrine (which increases energy) and enhances mental focus, mood, and physical activity.
  • Green Tea– Provides the same energy boost as coffee, without the anxiety and jitters. It can also help to increase alertness and focus.

Sweets

  • Dark Chocolate– Contains high levels of antioxidants which help to increase blood flow throughout the body, aids in muscular function, and helps to reduce mental fatigue and improve mood. Just another great reason to #treatyourself ;P

Let us know if you have any other food/recipe recommendations that you have found help to increase energy and mood!

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