Do you feel tired during the afternoon slump, or find it hard to wake up and get energized in the morning? Try looking to what you’re eating as a way to feel better and more awake. Eating one breakfast over the other could make all the difference when it comes to tackling your day with gusto. If you’re feeling tired, energize with these power foods.
Lentils contain 18 grams of protein per cup, so load up on a lentil burger, lentil soup or lentil salad if you’re tired. Since they contain fiber and complex carbohydrates, lentils will provide you with a steady stream of energy – no buzz and crash like with energy drinks. Lentils are great for plant-based diets because you can have a nice variety and not get bored – there’s green, brown, black and red lentils. Check out these 10 Great Ways to Use Protein-Packed Lentils in All Kinds of Dishes.
A 1/4 cup serving of slivered almonds contains about 156 calories. Since almonds are so high in calories and fat, they’ll give you a bust of energy in a small serving. In a 1/4 cup serving of almonds, you’ll get eight grams of protein and 18% DV of Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, which has an important role in properly maintaining the body’s energy production. In a pinch, eating a small handful almonds will make you feel 100 times better and give you energy to keep going. See these 10 Amazing Vegan Recipes Infused with Almonds.
Quinoa is a great source of complete protein for plant-based eaters. A cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of complete protein and 5 grams of fiber. This superfood also packs essential vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and copper. This grain is a great breakfast choice for healthy, sustaining energy to kick-start your morning.
4. Whole Grains
Aside from quinoa, there are several whole grains that are excellent choices for an energizing meal or snack. Whole grains will provide a better source of energy than refined grains because whole grains still contain the essential enzymes, fiber, and b vitamins. Processing causes grains to loose nutrients, so choose brown rice over white rice and organic sprouted grain bread over white bread. Try amaranth, hulled or pearled barley, bulgar and buckwheat. See this Guide to Cooking Perfect Whole Grains.
One cup of cooked soybeans will give you 29 grams of protein. There are so many tasty ways to eat soy; tempeh and tofu are your friends for energy. Try these Protein-Packed Vegan Tofu Burgers with Tahini Dressing and these 7 Tips to Make the Perfect Tofu Dish.
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