May 25, 2012
In this hot weather we need as much energy as we can get, especially if we’re wanting to fit in a workout. There are lots of energy boosting foods to help increase natural energy without having to rely on energy drinks and protein bars!
Before an early morning workout have a bowl of whole grain cereal or porridge to slowly release glucose into your blood stream. This helps you develop a consistent energy level for the rest of your day. An extra bonus to this meal would be to add Greek yogurt instead of milk for extra protein!
If you get hungry after a run and it isn’t time for your next meal, snack on nuts and dried fruit for a combination of healthy fats, protein and fibre. This is an excellent exchange from high calorie chocolate.
For lunch you could munch on an egg salad sandwich with wholegrain bread. The egg is a fantastic source of protein which provides long lasting energy to see you through the afternoon. Eggs also contain vitamin D which maintains strong bones- perfect to eat after a run on the treadmill or a wobble on a vibration plate.
As you start winding down in the evening, for dinner you could have some lovely oily fish- such as mackerel or salmon- high in omega 3- with a side of broccoli or asparagus for added iron. Finish with a sliced banana with Greek yoghurt and you’ll be all set for a restful, deep slumber.
Finally, we’ve heard it a hundred times, but don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout your day, all year round, not just in these hot summer months!