Do you find yourself envying those who wake up a la natural, alarm free with a spring in their step? What is the secret of these so-called morning people? Have you ever considered that the food they eat may play a role in their ability to feel lively so early in the morning? If so, you could be on to something, considering the beneficial impact food can have on mood, energy and overall vitality. So, if you aren’t a morning person and would like a little help to become one, here we share which foods to eat to help to wake you up in the morning.
Pineapple is the perfect pick for breakfast due to its vitamin C content. Specifically, eating a source of vitamin C in the morning can help support healthy cortisol production, our stress hormone, which tells us to get out of bed in the morning. In fact, our adrenal glands, which make cortisol, rely on vitamin C so it’s important to get an adequate intake. Add pineapple to smoothies or on top of muesli.
Eggs are a breakfast no brainer and not just due to their versatility and taste but also the health benefits they offer. Specifically, eggs provide a source of iron, which supports formation of red blood cells and cellular energy production, protein to help stabilise appetite and B vitamins, which are needed to convert food into energy and help the nervous system adapt to stress. If breakfast time is a mad rush, boil some eggs at the start of the week and grab before heading out the door.
3. Hemp seeds
If you are fond of chia seeds, then you should definitely try hemp seeds, especially come breakfast time. Hemp seeds offer a source of plant-based omega-3 fats and plant-based protein, both of which make sure appetite and therefore energy levels are stable until your next meal. Hemp seeds are also packed full of vitamins and minerals, which help to support overall vitality.
Whether you consume a gluten free diet or simply have a preference for quinoa over other ‘grains’, quinoa is a good addition to any breakfast meal. This is because quinoa offers a slow release of energy, which helps to sustain energy levels and this, combined with its protein content and magnesium content provides a powerful combination when it comes to feeling energized. Toss cooked quinoa into scrambled eggs, eat alongside yoghurt and berries or make into porridge.
Leafy greens such as spinach are rich in folate, an important B-vitamin when it comes to energy and mood. Specifically, a deficiency in folate has been linked to poor mood and can also lead to folate-deficiency anaemia, which can result in poor energy and low vitality. Spinach is a great addition to smoothies, scrambled eggs or simple sautéed and used as a toast topping alongside eggs, tofu or salmon.