As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s natural to want to spend more time outside. But we’ve all had that afternoon lull get in the way of a post-work run, or struggled to get out of bed in the morning.
Instead of turning to caffeine or sugar for a quick fix, we can eat for sustained energy throughout the day. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the tools you need for optimal energy levels and where to find them in food.
Eating for energy
Eating for energy doesn’t need to be complicated. By including some key nutrients in your diet, you can say goodbye to fatigue and hello to sustained energy all day long.
The first step is understanding what your body needs to produce energy. Energy comes from the food we eat, which is broken down into macronutrients like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.
While all of these nutrients are important for energy production, there are a few key micronutrients that play a particularly important role. These include iron, magnesium, and B-vitamins.
Iron is essential for the proper functioning of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the cells in our body. When we don’t have enough iron, our red blood cells can’t do their job properly and we can experience fatigue.
You can find iron in animal products like red meat, poultry, and fish, as well as in plant-based foods like beans & lentils. Your daily plantshake is also a great source of iron – and as it’s in a food state it’s very absorbable.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, many of which are related to energy production. It helps to create steady sustained energy through the day, as well as promoting a good night’s sleep for a better start tomorrow!
You can find magnesium in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and beans. Your daily plantshake is a great way to boost your magnesium levels as it contains magnesium bisglycinate – a highly bioavailable form of magnesium that is bonded to two amino acids.
B-vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that play an important role in energy metabolism. They help to convert the food we eat into energy that can be used by the body.
You can find B-vitamins in animal products like meat, poultry, and fish, as well as in plant-based foods like dark leafy veg. Unlike the others, however, Vitamin B12 is not found in many plant foods, so those who eat a plant-based diet are recommended to find a vegan supplement.
Luckily your daily Plantshake provides all the b-vitamins you need for boundless energy.
Keeping Track of it All
You’d be forgiven for thinking you need a calculator to maintain a healthy diet – app developers want you to track your every step, every calorie eaten (plus how many grams of protein were in it), every sip of water, every… But good nutrition shouldn’t get in the way of your life, it should facilitate it. That’s why your daily plantshake is so powerful. It contains everything you need to fight fatigue and enjoy sustained energy all day long in a delicious daily drink.
Make it part of your morning routine, and see how it helps you thrive.