NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF/Consumer Reports) — Do you feel just drained or tapped out these days? Consumer Reports has come up with some easy, healthy fixes that you might find in your fridge.
Extra stress, unhealthy habits like overeating and over drinking, lack of exercise and even boredom can take a toll. The good news is that nutrition can help us feel better. Here are some foods that can help boost your energy.
Carbohydrates have a place in your diet but do yourself a favor and pick the ones that help fight fatigue. Choose slow carbs, like whole grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients and fiber.
“Carbs supply glucose. Slow carbs release glucose steadily, whereas the refined carbs in white flour and sugar can cause glucose spikes and crashes, and that canmake you feel tired,” said Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Health and Food Editor.
Another energy booster? Protein helps build your muscles, making it easier for you to stay physically active and feel energetic.
“High-quality sources of protein include lean meats and poultry, fish, dairy eggs nuts and beans, soy, nuts, dairy and eggs,” said Calvo. And you might not be getting enough good sleep because you’re dehydrated. A general guideline for men is about 15 and a half cups of fluid per-day, and for women, it’s 11 and a half cups per-day. Foods with high water content, like many fruits and vegetables, also count.
Caffeine can also affect your sleep, so lay off the coffee six hours before your bedtime. If you love the taste of coffee in the morning, try decaf instead.
Here's something else you may want to consider: your crock pot. If you're still working from home, this is an easy way to get those good carbs and proteins. You throw some chicken and vegetables – maybe some beans – in in the morning before you start work, and by dinner time, just throw together a salad and voila: you've got a great and healthy meal.