After working hard in the cold with no sun to top up our vitamin D winter can leave people feeling a little sluggish and drained, so it’s time to power up with the fuel we put in our bodies. Eating the right foods can have a huge impact on our health and energy levels, so we’re going to look at some of the best power foods.
These mighty spuds are high in carbohydrates and contain vitamin A and vitamin C. These help keep your energy levels going at a steady pace throughout the day, preventing you from flagging around midday. This food is easy to fit into your everyday diet just by swapping your white potatoes for sweet potatoes. You can have them mashed, baked, in stews or in chip form.
This fruit holds many health benefits as it is jam packed full of good stuff. Bananas contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy heart and regulate a steady blood pressure. They are also a great source of energy, much higher than that of an energy drink. Try eating a banana with your breakfast in the mornings or having one as snack before taking part in sporting activities.
These citrus based fruits are just what your body needs during winter. This is because they are full of the vitamin C your body is lacking from the disappearance of the sun. Your body needs vitamin C to stay motivated and feel energised so eating more in winter can also have a positive effect on your attitude. Oranges also help keep the immune system strong. The risk of catching flu or a cold is higher during winter, so you need to be eating foods that keep your immune system as strong as possible.
Our bodies crave foods like salmon as it’s high content of omega-3 fatty acids can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. This pink fish also contains large amounts of protein helping your body convert food into energy, which your body needs to stay active throughout the day.
This powerful green leaf is full of iron which is key when it comes to your body’s performance. Try adding it to most of your meals as it may only be a small part but packs a mighty punch.