For weary caregivers, taking care of yourself should include eating right. It is easier to do with these five proven fatigue-fighting foods and drinks.
Confessed carbo-holics crave not just the energy from refined carbohydrates but, the taste and texture of a warming bowl of rice or pasta.
Get the comfort food feel in your tummy in a healthier grain alternative: quinoa. Serve it like oatmeal mixed with fruit for a morning meal, or as a side to your favorite lean protein.
Sometimes called the super grain of the future, quinoa is considered to be a complete protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids and is packed with iron. This keeps red blood cells healthy while providing lasting energy.
We know an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but bananas can help keep you awake when you’re running low on energy. Packed with potassium, bananas contain as many electrolytes as a sports drink—without the added sugar.
These protein-packed treats provide an easy energy boost and help fight hunger. Best of all, they’re a portable treat for busy caregivers. Just stick to about a handful per day, as they are high in fat and calories.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate, especially if it’s made from 75 percent or more natural cacao, has been proven to have numerous health benefits as a powerful antioxidant. It provides just enough caffeine to make you more alert, and also boosts endorphins to help lift your mood, too.
5. Green tea
If you’re trying to wean yourself off coffee or other caffeinated beverages, green tea is a healthy alternative.
It has enough caffeine to help stave off headaches, along with L-Theanine, which has been shown to counteract the negative effects of caffeine.
Many people who feel fatigued are simply dehydrated. The often-recommended “eight glasses of water per day” may not work for everyone, but it’s a good guideline.
WebMD says if you don’t feel thirsty and your urine is pale yellow, you’re probably drinking enough water.
7. Peanut butter on whole wheat bread
When you need an afternoon pick-me-up, turn to a childhood favorite. Peanut butter on whole wheat bread combines the protein and carbs your body needs for long-lasting energy.
Skip the sugary jelly and make sure the bread is 100 percent whole grain to get the maximum benefits from this snack. It will keep you feeling full longer so you are less likely to reach for unhealthy snacks in between meals.
Get a Natural Boost
Caregivers need lots of energy to handle everything they are tasked with each day. Too many people turn to the quick rush of sugar or caffeine when they need a pick-me-up. But relying on processed carbohydrates, sugar, and caffeine can lead to a crash and sometimes even health problems down the line.
Instead, turn to one of the above selections for a tasty, healthy boost.
Five Star Residents Eat Right
Five Star Senior Living residents enjoy these fatigue-fighting foods in gourmet meals prepared by our award-winning staff. Find out more by visiting the community nearest you for lunch or dinner!