As summer comes to an end, (boo!) and emails and deadlines start to accumulate–it can feel like you’re always tired.
Adequate sleep, coffee and exercise aside, health experts say what you eat can affect your mental clarity. Sourcery! Seana Forbes, Nutrition Specialist at fitness app Freeletics, breaks down the eight foods that will give you that extra boost to get through your day.
Avocado contains naturally occurring omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which fight bad cholesterol and increase blood flow to the brain. Not to mention, they contain more protein than most fruit, making this combination of nutrients an amazing energy booster.
Dark chocolate is rich in a natural stimulate similar that is to caffeine, it's called theobromine. Plus, this delicious treat can also stimulate serotonin providing an extra energy kick.
Apples are very high in the body's preferred energy source, fructose. This super fruit provides a steady supply of energy to your brain and body for longer.
Sprouted grains are simply whole grains such as brown rice, oats and buckwheat that have been soaked and left to germinate which makes them more easily digested. The result, B vitamins, vitamin C and folate more readily available to the body, resulting in more energy.
Macadamia nuts are a rich source of Vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin and folates. Basically they're a nutrient dense power house providing your body and brain with tonnes of energy. Plus their high fat content leaves you feeling satiated for longer.
Blueberries contain manganese which plays a key role in helping your body perform certain metabolic functions. Plus, they're high in antioxidants which have been shown to assist in slowing down the ageing process.
Unlike coffee, matcha is slowly absorbed by the body, giving you an all-day energy boost. Plus, it's made form the whole tea leaf which means it's packed with all the powerful minerals, antioxidants and amino acids found inside the leaf.
Kale is high in iron, essential for vegetarians and vegans who are more likely to be low in this essential mineral. Low levels of iron in the body can lead to exhaustion and feelings of tiredness.
This article originally appeared on InStyle Australia.