6 Super Foods to Keep Up Your Energy
Jun 22, 2016
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates
As one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, this Greek physician knew a thing or two about the power of food. While a lot’s changed since the Age of Pericles, the concept of ‘fuelling’ your body endures. And as C-suite dwellers, you should live and breathe this age old concept that you are what you eat.
To help you supercharge you refuel strategy, here’s a list of six energy boosting superfoods that should make an appearance in every executive diet. And we’ll tell you now, Red Bull, Monster and other caffeine loaded concoctions are nowhere to be seen.
They may be modest, but eggs pack a serious energy punch. They’re naturally rich in B-vitamins, which help convert food into energy. Plus, they’re packed full of protein which makes them great as a post-workout meal. If you want to cut down on calories but still reap the energy benefits, keep things lean by opting for one whole egg, plus two to three whites.
If you dig a Japanese lunch fix, throw in a serving of edamame beans next time you hit up your favourite spot. Packed full of energising nutrients like B-vitamins, copper and phosphorous, soybeans actively transport oxygen throughout the body, and fast-track the conversion of food into energy. Plus, they’re pretty damn tasty.
Made famous by sugar loaded energy drinks, this small red berry gets a bad rep but can actually be powerful C-suite ammunition. Rather than get your fix via a can of glorified soft drink, hit up your local health foods store and request an all-natural guarana energy shot with no added sugar. Its seeds contain around 2.5 times more caffeine than coffee, and thanks to the presence of theophylline and theobromine, stimulation is balanced and longer lasting. No instant highs and looming crashes here!
Some of you may call this hands down obvious, but one of the body’s keynote energy level determinants is water. Dehydration kicks in harder and faster than starvation, as water is responsible for transporting nutrients through the bloodstream, which are then converted into energy. Without H2O the body can’t metabolise food, which will leave you feeling undernourished, and exhausted.
More than just a vegetarian fad, quinoa is an ancient grain with big time protein and amino acid credentials. Given its high folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese count, scoffing down a bowl of quinoa arms your body with long lasting energy that far outperforms refined carbohydrates like bread, rice and pasta.
Loved by yogis and personal trainers alike, energy boosting goji berries have been a keynote part of ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years. As well as an energy hit, these little balls of goodness increase the body’s ability to handle stress, lift the mood, stimulate the mind and improve the memory. Plus, they actively help to oxygenate cells and tissues, which supercharges the libido. They don’t call it the ‘Viagra of China” for no reason.
Whether you’re a supermarket loyalist or a health food fiend, there’s no reason why your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks shouldn’t be supercharged.
Being a bit of a health freak myself I encourage all my people to eat healthily and exercise (though I am out of action at the moment with a broken collarbone having crashed my mountain bike )