As ambitious, hard working millennials, we don't always have time to slow down and eat right, which not only takes a toll on our physical energy, but our mental power as well. True, we may try for the healthiest options when we do take a break, although more often than not, these options tend to be more convenient than nutritious.
Worse yet, we may skip meals entirely and, even when we do stop for nourishment, we often rush through mealtimes and spend more time catching up on work than focusing on eating right.
This usually means reaching for the coffee, soda, or other sources of caffeine to help meet our energy demands, which is likely doing more harm than good by further depleting vitamins and minerals which are essential in maintaining our energy.
Fortunately, EHE's YES program is a benefit provided at no cost to all KPMG employees that can not only help you improve your eating habits at work, but assist in other aspects of keeping you healthy, happy, active and productive.
Foods for Energy
Food is the fuel which gives us energy, and when we eat high quality, nutritious foods, our energy levels go up, simple as that. And, eating for high-quality, nutritious energy is easier than you may think.
In fact, here are some tasty and convenient foods which can help energize your day:
Bananas--Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin B-6, and carbohydrates, all of which help boost your energy. Bananas are also an excellent source of soluble fiber which helps you feel fuller longer.
Baked potatoes--Need a quick, satisfying source of energy-providing carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium? Simply pop a potato in the lunchroom microwave and presto! A quick, tasty and nutritious source of energy is on the way.
Dark chocolate--Sure, most of us have a sweet tooth, so why not get some powerful antioxidants, minerals, essential fats, soluble fiber and carbohydrates while satisfying it? Dark chocolate can provide all that, along with a sense of fulfillment and wellbeing.
Live yogurt--Yogurt is a not only a rich source of protein, B-vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and other important vitamins and minerals, it is also an excellent source of gut-healthy probiotics to help you absorb nutritional energy. However, be sure yours states "contains live and active cultures" or similar on the container to take advantage of this important way to improve your energy, digestion, and immune health.
Popcorn--Not only is popcorn the perfect healthy snack, it is also easy to prepare in the microwave for a satisfying source of carbohydrates and antioxidants, along with fiber to slow digestion for steady, sustained energy.
Foods for Brain Power
You need plenty of mental energy to perform at your productive best, which is why you should consider adding these convenient, nutritious, brain-healthy foods to your day:
Nuts--Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are excellent sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats, all if which are beneficial to mental energy.
Canned sardines--Not only are canned sardines low in mercury and high in brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and protein, they are also an easy-to-eat and delicious right out of the can.
Blueberries--Rather than a bowl of candy for snacking, try a bowl of brain-friendly blueberries to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are packed with antioxidants to ward off brain-fog-inducing free radicals, and they also help to reduce inflammation, which can lead to certain mental degenerative disorders.
Pumpkin seeds--Convenient to keep on hand, pumpkin seeds are chock-full of brain-friendly zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and stress-reducing magnesium and B-vitamins.
Apples--Adding fruits and vegetables to your diet is an outstanding way to increase antioxidants and nutrition for mental energy, and apples are one of the easiest, tastiest, most convenient fruits there are to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
Want to learn more? By signing up today for EHE's YES program, you can get more important tips on preventative health topics, as well as the opportunity to receive a comprehensive health exam from EHE and at no cost to you. Whether it is help with work/life balance, exercising to avoid poor health, nutrition or starting a family, EHE's YES program is your go-to resource.