Saturday, May 7, 2016

Six foods that can wake you up without a cup of coffee!

Despite a full night sleep, there are days when you feel sleepy and can't stop the yawn attack. It is in times like these that most of us turn to coffee to break the sleepy spell. Sure it will energize you for a while but we all know there can be healthy alternatives to coffee, what with the excess sugar and caffeine. Here are foods that can shake you up without a cup of coffee:

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known as brain boosters. It wards off weariness and makes you feel more alert. If we stop describing its goodness here, it will be unfair. Chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water, speeding digestion while ensuring you are hydrated and energized. Add it to your smoothie, shakes or yoghurt and you are good to go!

Chilled water

Yes, you read it right. Water can awaken your senses. It is key to keep the cells in our body hydrated and active. "A lot of people start their day dehydrated. They don't drink water till about noon and that is when they feel extremely thirsty. This dry spell can cost you a lot. I recommend everyone to start their day with water. You could squeeze a lemon or have other healthy flavoured waters," suggests nutritionist Karishma Chawla. In fact if you feel sluggish during the day, a trip to your workplace water cooler will do the trick.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a powerhouse and the perfect way to start your day. It is low on glycemic index and burns slowly since it is complex carbs, keeping you charged for a longer period of time. It kickstarts your metabolism and keeps you active all day long.

Leafy vegetables

Greens such as spinach, lettuce and the rich kale can rescue you from feeling lethargic. These greens are rich in Vitamin B, which help your body convert food into energy. Have it in the form of a salad or a smoothie, it will wake you up from slumber.

Eggs

Have it boiled, scrambled or poached; eggs are amongst the top healthy breakfast choices. And do not miss the yolk. It is rich in protein and keeps your body charged longer. Try adding vegetables to your egg for a wholesome breakfast.