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7 Pregnancy Energy Superfoods That Fight Fatigue

Section: Nutrition

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.

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Red peppers

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.
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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.
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Dark chocolate

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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