I can’t believe that it is already hump day (Wednesday). These days have been flying by and before I know it it’s already the weekend again (no complaints there)! Between my early morning workouts, classes, blogging, and other various errands, I find that I start to become slugglish mid-day, around 3pm. My initial reaction would be to go for another cup of coffee, but because I have been trying to cut down on my coffee consumption, I’ve had to look for other creative ways to give me a boost of energy. So next time you reach for the second (or third) cup of coffee, try considering these natural energy boosters:
- Drink more H20: One of the most common reasons for low energy is not drinking enough water.
- Stretch: If you can jump into a short yoga session during your lunch break, great! If time does not allow, simply stretching at your office desk will help to revitalize your whole body.
- Drink Green Tea: If you need a steaming hot cup of caffeine, ditch the coffee and reach for the green tea. Besides it’s high content of antioxidants (helps fight cancer), green tea is also proven to aid in weight loss.
- Peppermint: Peppermint gum, peppermint tea, etc. research from the North American Journal of Psychology claims that that the smell of peppermint can boost energy and alertness by stimulating an area of the brain called the reticular activating system.
- Fresh Fruit: Any fresh fruit can provide you a natural, immediate lift in energy. “Amidor (ABCNews) recommends having a handful of strawberries. This fruits also contains fiber, which helps your body more slowly absorb the carbohydrates you consume from strawberries and provides longer-lasting energy.”
- 1 tbsp ground flax eggs (1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 4 tbsp warm water) or chia egg (1 tbsp chia seed + 3 tbsp water)
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw or plain brown sugar could work too)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup soy yogurt (plain yogurt can work too)
- 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup agave nectar syrup (pure maple syrup would work as well)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 bananas
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Mix the flax egg in a small bowl (1 tbsp ground flax seed + 4 tbsp warm water). Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the turbinado sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
- In another small bowl, mix together soy yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, and agave syrup. Add the flax egg mixture into the yogurt mixture.
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and pour the soy yogurt mixture into the flour mixture whisk until combined.
- Pour half of the batter into a well-greased pie-pan (~8 inches diameter) and spread to cover the bottom.
- Slice the bananas into thin slices and place the slices over the batter. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mix.
- Pour the remaining of the batter over the bananas. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon-sugar.
- Bake for ~25 minutes (until the middle of the pie appears to be set)