With our modern day, busy lives it can feel virtually impossible to find the time to prep the meals and juices let alone figure out which supplements you need. There are many reasons why people experience low energy levels, food of which is just one component.
Despite being only one month old, Robert Hobson and Lily Simpson from The Detox Kitchen have already helped some of the coolest members of the fash-pack, Agyness Deyn, Patrick Grant, Katie Hillier, Elle McPherson, Jasmine Guinness, Jo Wood, Select Models and Henry Holland by providing beautifully packaged, healthy food to their door step.
Here they give Belle’s some tips for eating for energy.
1. Don’t skip meals especially breakfast. At a basic level calories provide energy so if you eat too little you have less energy. Studies also show that those who eat breakfast report to be in a better mood and have more energy throughout the day. You could also try eating five small meals throughout the day to keep the furnace burning.
2. Stay well hydrated. Dehydration can leave you tired and lethargic, aim for 6-8 glasses of fluid per day and watch the alcohol!
3. Get into whole grains! slow release carbs drip-feed energy after you have eaten which fight off fatigue.
4. Make sure you eat enough iron-rich foods. Iron deficiency can result in tiredness and fatigue so try lean red meat, oily fish, dark green veggies or dried fruits.
5. Keep sugar to a minimum. The highs are great but as your blood sugar crashes you’ll be left craving for energy. Try snacking on dried fruit, chocolate spread on wholegrain bread or yoghurt covered raisins.
6. Low levels of magnesium can lead to fatigue. Try including a handful of hazelnuts, cashews of pumpkin seeds into your daily diet.
7. Caffeine can act as a useful pick-me-up. Try adding skimmed milk for a protein boost to help raise and maintain your energy levels.
8. Get friendly with bacteria. Poor digestion can leave you feeling sluggish so try a probiotic such as acidophilus.
Quinoa bites with berries
30g x dried apricots finely chopped
1 x tbsp honey
1 x tbsp ground almond
1 x tbsp ground brazil nuts
Fresh raspberries and blackberries for serving
Place the chopped apricots in boiling water and leave to soak for half an hour. Then place in a blender and blitz to a paste.
Place the quinoa in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Then rinse under cold water and drain. Place in a bowl and mix in the honey, ground almonds, ground brazil nuts and apricot paste. Form the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray. Cook at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with fresh raspberries and blackberries.
For more information about The Detox Kitchen, visit their website www.detoxkitchen.co.uk