Beat the Energy Slump
Follow these tips to get your energy levels back up
Apart from being a good source of carbs and protein, lentils are also high in fibre, providing a slow-release of glucose. Try making dhal, the Indian lentil dish – warming, spicy and nourishing – perfect for winter warming.
Beef is rich in iron – when your body has insufficient levels of iron it burns carbohydrates inefficiently causing feelings of sluggishness and loss of concentration. Treat yourself to steak and chips. Cook your steak on a griddle so the fat drips away and oven-roast potato wedges.Serve with a big green salad with a zingy horseradish dressing.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats which provide essential fatty acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) that produce an alert mental state.
Try cooking a rack of lamb (ask your butcher to remove the fat) and make a crust for it with plenty of herbs, almonds and breadcrumbs blitzed with lemon zest. Brush the lamb with mustard and stick the crust on – oven roast as normal.
Oats are very low on the glycemic index which means they contain lots of slow-release energy.
Start your day with porridge – add bananas, seeds and dried fruit to make it more exciting.
Yogurt is rich in magnesium which helps in the release of energy by transferring the key phosphate molecule to adenosine triphosphate, the energy source you use most when lifting weights.
Yogurt makes a delicious dessert – serve a dollop with spice-poached pears and a little drizzle of honey.