By Novia Liew
You get up ready to hustle, thanks to your trusty morning cuppa. Then come the afternoon slump and you’re drowsy and ready for the day to end. Sound familiar? We’ve been there too. While coffee is the ultimate quick fix for most of us, there are more nourishing foods that can fire up your day without the post-caffeine crash! Here are 3 of our favourite energy-booster superfoods to help us barre, burn and beyond!
This is by far one of our favourite power snacks! Almonds, cashews, pecans, you name it. They’re delicious, convenient to pack, and highly nutritious. Nuts are high in good fats and calories, giving you the energy source to fuel your day. Plus, most nuts are also fantastic to eat on a low-carb diet! It’s no wonder you might catch us occasionally popping in an almond (or 2, or more) between classes.
2. Sweet Potatoes
You had me at sweet… and potatoes. We know carbs are an essential component to a balanced diet, and sweet potatoes make an excellent carb option, packed with additional health benefits. They’re high in fibre, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and very filling. This makes them an excellent carb option for most people. They are also cheap, and easy to incorporate into your meals!
Bananas are an excellent source of complex carbs, fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. They’re easy to pack and can be eaten in so many ways! Here’s a fun fact: did you know that unripe bananas contain resistant starch, which acts like soluble fibre and escapes digestion? As they ripen, the starch is converted to sugar (and the fruit becomes sweeter). Pack it in a power smoothie, or have them in your pancakes — have a little fun!