We could all do with more energy and when a boost is needed most people will reach for the coffee or even energy drinks. But as a wise man once said “Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” (Terry Pratchett, Thud!). With this in mind, we have scoured the internet to bring you a list of healthy alternatives you can either grow at home or find in your local supermarket!
By including some, or all, of the foods below into your regular diet not only will you have more energy; you will be improving the overall health of yourself and your family in a cost-effective way. Unless directed by a medical professional, there is no need to complement your diet with expensive supplements as most of the essential minerals and vitamins needed to live a healthy life can be found in abundance in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Red bell peppers
Packed full of Vitamins A, C and E, essential minerals as well as B vitamins; including red bell peppers in your diet can help revitalise your body by promoting healthy bones, cells and connective tissues.
Wheatgrass has gained popularity in healthy eating circles over the last few years and is often used for comedic purposes in TV and films but its reputation is well deserved. Wheat grass contains an abundance of vitamins (A, C and E) and essential minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium. Alongside the nutritional benefits, it also gives a natural energy boost as well as helping to detoxify your liver.
Most famous for giving Popeye the strength to save the day, spinach is not only beneficial to cartoon characters. With high levels of iron, calcium and other essential minerals spinach helps to improve bone health, blood circulation and can help reduce the buildup of cholesterol.
The cause of misery for countless children and gardeners with its often painful rash, stinging nettles have a surprising number of health benefits due to containing high amounts of vitamin A and iron. Nettle tea is a great replacement for coffee as your early morning pick-me-up, keeping you energised well into the day.
Herbs – Basil and Rosemary
Throughout history, herbs have been held in high regard due to their health benefits and use in home remedies. Fresh basil and rosemary, in particular, can help keep you energised throughout the day as both contain good amounts of vitamins A and K, copper as well as calcium. A good way to recharge after a long day of work is to add a handful of fresh basil and rosemary to your bath as their natural properties will leave you feeling refreshed.
If you usually turn to coffee to perk yourself up in the afternoon, try eating a portion of dried fruits instead. Mixed dried fruits contain large amounts of nutrients and are high in calories so not only will you have a natural boost in energy you will be discouraged from having an unhealthy mid-afternoon snack.
Bananas are nature’s equivalent of energy drinks, packed full of natural sugars and essential minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, they are guaranteed to give you a healthy energy boost. Studies have also shown that bananas help moderate blood sugar levels and may help improve memory functions.
If you are on a calorie controlled diet, or just don’t like bananas, citrus fruits are a great alternative. Low in calories, low in fats but high in vitamin C and natural sugars, citrus fruits are a good source of natural energy and immune system boosting minerals.
Mixed nuts are a fantastic mid-morning/mid-afternoon snack as they are high in protein, fatty acids and calories. A small portion of mixed nuts in between meals is a healthy alternative to biscuits or a bar of chocolate with the added benefit of promoting long-term health.
This, often underappreciated, root vegetable is surprisingly beneficial to our health. Rich in antioxidants such as vitamin A and zinc helping to improve digestive health, sweet potatoes also contain large amounts of protein and may also improve blood sugar levels.
Historically used in home remedies to help regulate blood pressure, the benefits of celery extend far beyond its historical uses. Celery has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, reduce bloating, prevent dehydration and improve the health of the liver, skin and eyes. While celery alone cannot help boost energy if included in your regular diet it can help promote overall well-being.
Flax seeds are one of the best sources of plant based omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1, magnesium and manganese. As a nutrient dense food flax seeds also contain a good amount of other essential minerals, such as iron, potassium and copper. These nutrients help to promote a healthy digestive system, aid in nutrient absorption, can lower cholesterol and reduce sugar cravings.
With these healthy alternatives to boosting energy and improving overall well being you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle in no time. If you are planning to grow any of the above-mentioned fruits and vegetables in your garden be sure to check out our article “How to grow a herb garden: an insider’s guide” for tips on how to prepare your garden or if you would prefer help from professional gardeners contact us for a quote!
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