5 FOODS TO WAKE YOU UP IN THE MORNING
GETTING OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING CAN BE A REAL TASK, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE HAD A BAD NIGHT’S SLEEP AND ONLY MANAGED TO CLOCK UP A FEW HOURS. If this rings true for you, then paying attention to what you eat at breakfast is all the more important. Specifically, certain foods can help your body wake up and feel energized during the day. If you are interested in learning which foods exactly, read on below.
Berries are well known for their Vitamin C content. Vitamin C is beneficial to eat in the morning because cortisol, our stress hormone, which tells us to get out of bed in the morning, relies on vitamin C to be made by the adrenal glands. Next time you are adding berries to your smoothie or on top of porridge, be reassured it’s not just for the taste!
Flaxseeds are a popular porridge, muesli and smoothie addition and for good reason! Flaxseeds contain iron, which supports the formation of red blood cells and cellular energy production. Those who have experienced iron deficiency can relate to the negative impact it has on energy and vitality. Flaxseeds are also a good source of fibre, which helps to keep us fuller for longer after eating which can help support good energy levels.
Whether you like your eggs boiled, sunny side up or scrambled, they are the ultimate breakfast food. This is because eggs offer a source of iron, which supports formation of red blood cells and cellular energy production, protein to help stabilise appetite and B vitamins, which are necessary to covert food into energy and help the nervous system adapt to stress.
Hemp seeds are the new kids on the block, definitely worth paying attention to, especially come breakfast time. Hemp seeds not only offer omega-3 fats but also protein, both of which make sure appetite and therefore energy levels are stable until your next meal or snack. Hemp seeds are also packed full of vitamins and minerals which all add up to support overall vitality.
If you work out early in the morning and find that your energy is often poor during the day, refuelling at breakfast time is critical for overall energy. Eating banana is a simple and effective way to help restore glycogen levels and electrolytes including potassium and magnesium post exercise. For those who haven’t exercise, banana is still a good pick to help wake you up and can easily be incorporated into breakfast whether it is in a smoothie, with yoghurt or on top of porridge.
– Zoe x