To have a sustainable source of energy throughout the day, it is imperative that you eat regularly and always have breakfast, skip any meal and you’re guaranteed to be lacking in energy. The following recipes were inspired by the Banyan Tree in Phucket, Thailand.
Our four top tips for having an energy rich diet:
Balance Blood Sugar Levels:
Graze - Eat little and often throughout the day rather than three huge meals. Drops in blood sugar leave you feeling low in energy and craving sugary foods.
Eat fruit with raw nuts/seeds to balance out the sugars in the fruit with protein.
Eat Complex Carbohydrates:
Swap white carbohydrates (sugar, bread, pasta etc) with wholegrain carbohydrates (rye, brown bread/pasta)
Dehydration is a big cause of fatigue!
Essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose which provides us with energy (green leafy vegetables, beans/pulses & dairy)
We've compiled some mouth-watering meals, which will increase your energy levels throughout the day.
Coconut Bircher Muesli with Mango
Mix 25ml coconut milk with 40g of rolled oats served with a couple of tablespoons of low fat live natural yoghurt, lime juice and 50g of fresh mango.
Oats are complex carbohydrates which release energy slowly. The bacteria in live natural yoghurt can help boost the body’s digestion preventing us from feeling sluggish.
MID MORNING SNACK
Nectarines with Ginger
For a delicious morning snack eat 100g of sliced nectarine with some grated root ginger, and a handful of pumpkin seeds
Raw seeds eaten like this are a good source of minerals and polyunsaturated fats.
King Prawns with Coriander Pesto
Mix pesto ingredients in a blender: 30g cashew nuts, 10g coriander, garlic, chilli flakes, sesame oil and some lime juice. Serve with a wild rice salad (cook a mix of wild and brown rice (60g uncooked rice), mix with spring onions, blanched baby corn, mange tout, red and yellow pepper and some soy sauce) and cooked peeled prawns.
Shellfish are a low fat, low calorie source of protein, full of minerals including antioxidant selenium and some B group vitamins.
Cashew Nut & Beetroot Pate with Crudités
Blend red pepper, beetroot, cashew nuts, ginger with some soy sauce and cider vinegar. Serve with some fresh raw sugar snap peas.
Cashew nuts are a useful source of Vitamins B1, Niacin & Folic Acid.
Marinated Beef, Chilli & Green Papaya Salad
Combine 100g unripe green papaya, a tsp each of green chilli, fresh mint, fresh coriander and lemon juice.
Pepper the beef (rump steak) and cook in some oil until cooked to your preference. Slice thinly and serve with the marinated papaya and some rice noodles.
Energy boosting red meat is full of iron and B vitamins which are essential for the transportation of oxygen around the body.
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