With January in full swing and many embracing their New Year’s resolutions, energy levels can occasionally dip. But, is it possible to find a natural boost by incorporating certain foods into your diet?
Since the start of the year, online searches for ‘energy ball recipes’ are up 50% on TikTok in Ireland. On the platform, #energyballsrecipe has garnered a staggering 4.2M views overall, showing an interest in energy-boosting foods.
TikTok user @doctorbowl has gained over 287.4K views in recent months with her six-ingredient Carrot Cake Energy Balls recipe which included a nutritious mix of oats, grated carrot and peanut butter.
Tapping into TikTok can be great for inspiration, but HelloFresh Ireland’s Head of Culinary, advises users to beware of potential misinformation. She urges caution and emphasises the importance of fact-checking before embracing trends.
If you find yourself in need of an energy boost, Hannah recommends that you consider incorporating these nutrient-rich foods into your diet:
Sick of rice? Quinoa is a great alternative. Its plant-based protein and complex carbs make it a sustained source of energy that will keep you fuller for longer.
Substitute quinoa for rice in stir-fries and salads, or use it as a base for grain bowls. Its nutty flavour and fluffy texture make it perfect for a variety of dishes. For a vibrant option, try this Mexican Quinoa Salad with harissa lime dressing.
Enjoy the robust energy of sweet potatoes – packed with complex carbs, fibre, and essential vitamins. These nutrient-packed spuds not only fuel your body but also add a delicious twist to every meal.
Nuts & Seeds
Be kind to yourself with the crunchy goodness of almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds – a perfect blend of healthy fats, protein, and fibre.
Sprinkle mixed nuts and seeds over yoghurt and cereals for added crunch. Blend them into smoothies or use them as a topping for oatmeal. They can also be added to a range of savoury dishes, including stir-fries, curries and pasta dishes, as well as in grain-based salads for a nutritious boost and added texture.
Fuel your day with the high-quality protein and omega-3 richness of salmon.
Grill, bake, or pan-sear salmon fillets for a quick and nutritious main course. Flake cooked salmon into salads, wraps, or pasta dishes for a protein-packed energiser. Try this super quick and easy Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with broccoli and garlic rice for a burst of umami flavours.
Incorporate the fibre-packed and complex carbohydrate magic of oats into your diet for a sustained release of energy.
Start your day with classic oatmeal, and customise it with fruits and nuts. Blend oats into smoothies for added thickness or use them to create energy balls by mixing them with ingredients such as peanut butter, chia seeds, mashed dates and honey. Additionally, incorporate them into energy-packed muffins or pancakes.
Embrace the iron-rich goodness of spinach, kale, and Swiss chard – essential for oxygen transport which may help combat tiredness.
Sauté leafy greens with garlic and olive oil as a simple side dish, or add them to comforting soups and stews for added nutrition. Incorporate these nutrient-packed greens into smoothies for a green boost, or layer them in sandwiches and wraps for added freshness and crunch. Try this Spinach and Mushroom Risotto with softened leeks and sprinkled walnuts.
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Press release by HelloFresh Ireland.