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Live Healthy: Food swaps for energy

By two o’clock most people are heading to the kitchen for an extra cup of coffee, to help boost their energy. Nutritionist Andrea Hill says the best way to improve your energy is to make small changes in what you eat.

The first place you can make the change, says says, is your snack choices. A bag of chips, or a bar of chocolate may give you a quick boost of energy, but it’s only because it spikes your sugar level. Instead the nutritionist suggests you go for something with protein and fibre. Something like sunflower seed, roasted chick peas, and roasted edamame will give you both and satisfy your need to eat something crunchy.

Mrs. Hill’s second suggestion is to “chew your cereal bowl”. Instead of using milk, use Greek yogurt. Protein helps to stablise your blood sugar. A cup of milk gives you 8 grams of protein versus 18 grams from a cup of yogurt.

Being mindful of your drink choices is a good way go up your energy. When making smoothie, instead of using water or juice, go for a little caffeine. Using some brewed green or black tea will help give that extra boost you need, and have the added benefits of the tea’s antioxidants.

Cashews, sesame and tahini are all things you’ll want to add to your diet, says Mrs. Hill. They all give you iron which enriches your cells.

Mrs. Hill’s final piece of advice is to make sure you aren’t just eating from one food group. For example  instead of having just an apple, a carbohydrate, pair it some peanut butter, to add some protein.

About the author

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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