Power bites to boost your energy

Do you feel drained just as you wake up? Being low on energy is a common complaint, especially in a hot and humid climate.

But you really don’t need to pop vitamins to feel energised – all you need is a slight change in diet. Experts give a low down on how the right foods can keep you all charged up.

Kickstart your day
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For an energy surge, pair carbohydrates with proteins – opt for wheat flakes or oats with a bowl of milk. This will keep you full right through to lunch time and is also rich in vital nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, folate and potassium.

Parantha power
Paranthas, with a reasonable amount of oil, make for a nutritious, tasty treat. Eat with yoghurt or dal for added protein. The stuffing (potato, methi, paneer, gobhi, moong), and the combination of whole wheat flour will provide carbohydrates and proteins that’ll up your energy levels.

Magic beans
Beans are the best food to reach for when you are feeling fatigued. They strengthen adrenal glands and the kidneys, stabilise blood sugar levels, giving you more energy. The combination of beans and wheat makes for a great mix of essential amino acids, improving the quality of protein. Crave something a bit more exotic than rajma? Spread hummus on whole bread toast.

Some sweet
Want a dessert? Go natural with chickoos, mangoes, bananas, etc. Loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and anti-oxidants, these boost energy.

Snacking right
Try sprouts. They are easy to digest and turn into energy instantly. Sprouts are packed with thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, all part of the Vitamin B family, essential for giving you all-day energy. Dry-fruits are packed with enzymes, fibre, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamins and minerals. Beverages such as buttermilk, besides coconut water are refreshing and provide electrolytes. These prevent your body from dehydration.

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