Fruits and Vegetables to Eat for Energy in the Morning

· June 17, 2015
Fruits and vegetables pretty much always give us more energy. However, some of them really stand out because of the high amount of energy they provide to the body. At the same time, some have a more relaxing effect and are best consumed before bedtime. In this article, we’ll explain which fruits and vegetables you should add to your daily breakfast and lunch, especially if you’re going through a time when you feel more tired or stressed than normal.

Which fruits and vegetables will give me the most energy?

Oranges

Out of the fruits and vegetables that give you energy in the morning, oranges are one of the best ones. Oranges are a special fruit, and you should take advantage of their energy providing properties first thing in the morning.

Ideally, have an orange on an empty stomach, either as juice or the raw fruit itself, about 15 minutes before breakfast. You can make it even more energizing by cutting it into slices and sprinkling a little cinnamon and ginger on top with honey. It’s a delicious combination.

Figs

Figs are rich in healthy sugars, which can give us a quick burst of energy. However, be careful not to eat them at night; our bodies don’t break them down as quickly and this can cause weight gain. Figs are also helpful in fighting constipation.

They contain a lot of fiber that helps our intestines function efficiently throughout the day. You can eat them fresh or dried, and can also quickly roast them in the oven with a little honey and nuts. It’s a delicious and nutritious breakfast!

Read also: Fiber-Packed Foods that Can Help You Lose Weight

FigsBananas

Bananas and plantains, in spite of being fruits, are technically considered a starch – i.e. like potatoes, pasta, and bread. However, they are within the category of fruits and vegetables that fill you with energy. Because of this, we should eat them in the morning and try not to mix them with other meals.

They make great shakes for breakfast, blending them with a base like milk, fruit juice, or vegetable juice, and a sweetener like cacao. You’ll get a great way to start your day off without having to add sweeteners or other starches, thanks to the natural sugars and carbohydrates in bananas.

You might also like: 5 Breakfast Smoothies with Strawberries and Bananas

Avocados

Although this may come as a surprise, avocados are actually a fruit. They’re ideal for breakfast because few foods pack as many nutrients as this one. They contain protein, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as healthy essential fatty acids.

So, it’s sufficient to just eat one with a little salt and oil, or honey, for a power-packed breakfast. You can also add avocados to smoothies to give them a nice creamy texture, or put them on toast and sandwiches.

Green juiceSprouts

You’ve probably seen seeds and nuts when they sprout. Organic or diet stores usually sell sprouts, as well as many regular grocery stores. You can also grow at home by keeping seeds moist (without water) for a few days. Sprouts are full of vitamins and minerals; meaning we should benefit from them while they’re growing and full of life, giving us all the energy they contain. They’re great to eat on their own, but they can also be added to smoothies and sandwiches. We particularly like sprouts grown from alfalfa and lentils.

 

SproutsSpinach

Leafy green vegetables contain a lot of energy. Because of this, we recommend adding them to smoothies or eating them as snacks. Tender spinach leaves have a delicious flavor; and, although they make smoothies made with them turn green, they don’t change the flavor.

In return, they give us vitamins and minerals we need for overall health, including calcium and magnesium. You can also try combining other green, leafy vegetables with our regular breakfast foods. These include arugula lettuce, watercress, and other lettuce varieties, all of which have a unique flavor.