5 plant-based foods to increase energy levels

Processed foods and sugars can make you feel lethargic and lower your energy levels. Eating whole foods rich in healthy fats, vitamins and minerals will give you energy levels a significant boost and lower your stress levels, says Banin Shahina, Nutrition Manage at Fitness First. Here, she shares a few vegan friendly foods to help you fight fatigue this month.

BANANAS are one of the best foods for energy. They are an excellent source of carbohydrates and are full of potassium and vitamin B^ – all of which can help boost energy levels in the body.

BROWN RICE is extremely nutritious. It is less processed than white rice and retains more nutritional value in the form of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Thanks to its fiber content, brown rice has a log glycemic index, meaning it can help regulate blood sugar levels and maintain steady levels throughout the day.

APPLES are rich in natural sugars and fiber and provide a slow and sustained energy release. Rich in antioxidants, apples also help slow down the digestion of carbohydrates and release energy over a more extended period of time.

EDAMAME BEANS are relatively low in calories, but these satisfying pick-me-up snacks are full of proteins, carbs, and fiber. Edamame beans also have huge amounts of vitamins and minerals that help increase energy in different ways.

LEAFY GREEN vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, lettuce, and watercress are all excellent sources of vitamin B and have an important part to play in energy production.

Source: BBC Good Food Feb 2020

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