There’s nothing like being pregnant for zapping all your energy and whether it’s that bit harder to get out of bed in the morning or a struggle to stay energised in the afternoon, the solution could be as simple as introducing some different foods into your daily diet.
Not only can your body process the iron in red peppers easily, but they also act as a natural energy booster, elevating your body’s heat production and oxygen intake. A red peppers also contain almost 300 per cent of your daily vitamin C recommendation.
Blueberries might be small but they pack a surprisingly big punch when it comes to improving your energy levels. They’re full of antioxidants and natural sugars, but unlike some other fruits, won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar levels so you’ll feel energised for longer.
Dark chocolate is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, and just a few squares can help to boost your energy levels. The polyphenols in dark chocolate increase levels of the happiness-boosting chemical serotonin, which helps to reduce feelings of fatigue.
Avocados are a great source of slow releasing energy, which means you avoid a high and then a sudden crash. They also contain healthy fats and more fibre than other fruit – a whole avocado has an amazing 14 grams of fibre, which rivals any serving of shredded wheat or bran cereals, and boosts healthy digestion.
Bananas contain a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates that will provide you with a quick energy release to help beat afternoon tiredness. They’re also a great source of potassium, which fights fatigue, muscle cramping and dehydration.
Packed with Vitamin C, lemons are brilliant energy boosters. An easy way to get your fix is making a quick drink by squeezing lemon juice into water, hot or cold, to hydrate and oxygenate your body leaving you refreshed and energised. You can also peel and blend a whole lemon into fresh juices for a zingy boost.
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids – low levels of this can leave you feeling exhausted. Sprinkle a handful on your morning cereal, or snack on them throughout the day.
With cold and flu season soon approaching, now is the perfect time to start building up your immune system. And as a mum-to-be, strengthening your body’s defences can help build up your baby’s too – so everyone wins!