If you are ambitious to succeed in your career and spend many nights slogging away at your desk, it is a good idea to consider fuelling up with nature’s “healthy super foods” to keep your energy up and stress level down. Without a doubt, these healthful picks will improve focus and help you think more clearly, while choosing healthier options will also ensure you do not put on the kilos that often come with too much work and too little rest.
1. Improve your alertness with Salmon – Salmon is very high in omega 3 fatty acids and is linked to decreased risk of heart diseases. Additionally, it is also an excellent source of protein, which can help improve your alertness and performance. It’s also been linked to an improvement in overall brain health; a must for hard achievers.
2. Curb those cravings with Almonds – Most workaholics working late nights have sugar cravings and Almonds are packed with fibre, protein and healthy fat to fill you up and curb cravings. Almonds prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin, which means fewer highs and lows while you’re working. Additionally, the vitamin E content in almonds is good for skin and new research links this miracle food to not only improved heart health, but also lowered risks of certain cancers, such as those of the breast and lung.
3. Healthy way to stay alert with Green Tea – A perfect substitute to coffee, green tea is rich in catechins and antioxidants that enhance the mood while it also improves focus and relieves stress. Choose from soothing flavours that can be enjoyed anytime you feel a panic attack close.
4. Improve your concentration power with Avocado – Avocado is not a common fruit in India but is now available at all gourmet food stores. These are a wonder food – rich in good fats and potassium that help to improve concentration levels and also lower cholesterol. The dual fibre and fat content help keep insulin levels steady, making concentration easier.
5. Keep Blood sugar levels normalized with Veggies – Working late hours with little rest in between can wreck havoc on blood sugar levels, and the added stress doesn’t help much. Veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots, beans and corn etc are nutrition powerhouses. Packed with high fibre, these help stabilize blood sugar and insulin, preventing energy levels from rising rapidly only to crash down.
6. Lower stress levels with Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate is special because it contains flavonoids which keep blood vessels healthy and reduce inflammation. The good news is that the fat in dark chocolate won’t adversely affect your cholesterol levels, much unlike milk chocolate. These are also remarkably far less sweet and help to lower the level of ‘cortisol’, a stress hormone associated with increased appetite and weight gain. Dark chocolate enhances blood flow to the brain which impacts the cognitive performance.
7. Stay focused with Berries – Berries are nature’s super food and very powerful antioxidants, while they also contain other health-promoting phytonutrients, including anthocyanins, a compound that may help to lower blood pressure. Packed with fibre, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can keep you focused by controlling your blood sugar levels and helping you avoid a dip in energy.
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