Which are the top energy-boosting foods you need on your diet?
Are you planning to change your diet to a more whole food plant based nutrition and you want to know which are the right foods to keep your energy levels up and your wellbeing in tip-top shape. Some may think that it’s a little more challenging to do this without common animal-based products, but I would like to differ! Here is a quick list of food ideas to keep you well-fed, healthy and happy!
Top foods you should eat regularly
These are your everyday go-to’s and should make up most of your day-to-day diet, whether you’re an athlete or office worker!
Fresh fruits – especially apples, bananas, papaya, mango, pears, all types of berries, kiwis, pineapple and melon
Vegetables and leafy greens – Try and eat more vegetables such as squash/pumpkin, spinach, watercress, raw leaves, and corn/sweet corn
Grains – Oats, brown rice, wild rice, barley, millet and quinoa
Plant proteins – Tofu, lentils, edamame beans, chickpeas, split peas, sprouts such as alfalfa, sprouted lentils and chickpeas, beans and peas
Fermented soya foods – Tempeh, tofu, Tamari
High-energy vegan foods
If you’re looking to increase your energy levels, exercise regularly or are training for a special event, then these are the foods for you!
Nut butters (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter)
Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
All other seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds
Beans and lentils, sprouts, alfalfa
Oats and oatmeal
Quinoa, millet, barley, wild rice, brown rice
If you are on a training regime or want to ensure your body has everything it needs to repair, grow and maintain your training, you need to eat high energy, protein rich foods regularly!
Here are a few quick snacks you can grab and much on throughout the day.
A tablespoon of nut butter with 1-2 bananas
Nut milk and hemp or pea protein powder shake with banana
cooked barley with cooked lentils
Carrots with Hummus