My health coaching clients always ask me what they should be eating for maximum energy. What foods will help them stay focused and on track so they can take their business and lives to the next level?
These days you need to be on top of your game and learning which foods act like jet fuel in your system can help keep you there. It is important to get that energy pumping through your system to stay at the top!
So what should you be focusing on when it comes down to mastering the art of food selection for optimal performance? And does knowing WHEN to eat make a difference or is it not really a big deal? Hold tight for I am going to break it all down for you to wipe your slate clean of all confusion.
A very important practice to put into place is making sure that you are getting protein in your system about every three hours. The reason for this is to ensure your blood sugar levels are stable, sidestepping the crash and burn cycle, as well as the 4 o’clock slump.
This doesn’t mean you eat a rib-eye steak every three hours. Your portion sizes need to be moderate so that you are able to digest the food quickly and use it as fuel. Combining your protein with a low-glycemic fruit or a vegetable makes for a great meal or snack.
5 Power Packed Foods For Energy Optimization
1) Raw Nuts: Almonds, cashews, and hazelnuts are great snacks to boost your energy and help keep it there. They are full of magnesium and help you convert sugars into energy. Combine a handful with half a granny smith apple or some berries for a quick boost.
2) Seeds: Seeds are very similar to nuts in how they give you an energy boost and they help you fight fatigue. They are full of proteins, omega 3s, iron, and vitamin B. A great and easy snack is to combine raw seeds, nuts, goji berries, and raw cacao nibs to make a anti-oxidant trail mix.
3) Lean Meats: Organic lean meats such as turkey, fish, chicken, and grass-fed beef are great sources of protein and have amino acids that support your brain function. They also contain B12, which is known to fight depression and help with insomnia. A simple snack is to make turkey roll-ups with lettuce and tomatoes.
4) Free-Range Eggs: Eggs are a great way to get your protein and very easy to travel with when hard-boiled. They contain zinc, chromium, and phosphorus. Carry a bit of sea salt in a bag to easily pep up your flavor.
5) Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens are power-punched with high amounts of vitamin A, C, K, all the B vitamins, iron, and magnesium. They will supply you with high amounts of energy quickly and keep you on track so you can continue to focus on your projects. Make a large green salad with lots of colorful vegetables and keep it in the fridge. You can easily eat off of it for a few days.
Give these simple suggestions a shot for the next few weeks and you will notice improvements in your energy, focus, productivity and accomplishments. We are only scratching the surface here… there are so many other tricks that are simple to implement that will make a significant impact on your personal and professional life.