While Summer is technically over on September 22nd, in Vancouver the rains and a chillier wind have already arrived.
Some of us have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, while others hit the infamous “3 PM wall”. No matter when you start to slow down, it’s important to keep up a diet rich with high energy foods to keep up our productivity levels. If you have kids in school, including these foods in their lunches will help their metabolisms regulate, and will feed their developing brains with naturally based nutrients.
Consider planning your meals with one or more of these energy stars, and reap the natural benefits!
10 High Energy Foods for Rainy Days
When the seasons change and the rains arrive, we can adjust our diets to prevent cloudy day burnout.
Packed with anti inflammatory B vitamin folate, spinach also offers magnesium, selenium, vitamin C, zinc, niacin and riboflavin. Try spinach raw, wilted, in pasta, and more. $4.99 for 142g (organic).
Used for thousands of years in Chinese herbal medicine, Goji berries help increase energy and balance your mood. $10.99 for 200g (organic).
Considered a complete source of protein, quinoa is high in lysine, methionine and cysteine. Available milled, in breads, cereal, pasta, rice and ready to eat side dishes.
Rich in high energizing B-vitamins, copper and phosphorous, edamame is delicious with a bit of rock salt, or shelled in salads. $4.69 for 400g, shelled or in the pod.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids to fight chronic fatigue, wild salmon has half the fat of farmed salmon, more calcium, iron and potassium. $8.49 for Ocean Wise & Wild Johnstone Strait Sockeye, 170g.
Free Range Eggs
Egg yolks are a rich source of choline, which helps communication between nerves and muscles, improving brain and nervous function. $5.99 for 1 dozen large free range eggs.
If you're hitting a 3pm energy wall, you probably have low blood sugar. Boost it in a healthy way with sweet potatoes, instead of refined carbs, like spaghetti. $5.49 for 2 lbs (organic).
Broccoli contains potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds (glucosinolates), which is often what makes you feel tired. $5.49 for 1 head of GMO free broccoli.
Almonds contain fibre, magnesium, protein and an entire serving of calcium, in only seven nuts. Talk about a superfood! $24.99 for 800g of organic almonds.
Grass Finished Beef
Grass finished beef is more nutritious, providing 4x more vitamin E, 3x times more omega-3 fats & 10 times more beta-carotene. They’re also less fatty! Try an eye of round steak for $6.99 (250g)