Here’s What To Eat To Boost Your Mood And Energy Levels
Feeling moody with a whole whack of zero motivation? We know that crawling out of the depths of winter and mustering up the will to get your butt to gym can be hard. But we also know it will do wonders for your mood and energy levels!
For so many of us, Spring represents a new, fresh start – a way to get back on the wagon (or to find that wagon for the first time). And it’s not only about getting that heart rate going – it’s also about nourishing your body with the right foods.
With that in mind, Doppio Zero has launched a brand new FRESH menu for Spring, which features tons of nutritious breakfast and lunch options that will keep you fuelled during your sweat sessions and busy work days.
Get The Basics Right
And we mean breakfast.
We know it’s not always easy when you’re a gal-on-the-go, but making time to get a good breakfast in (especially on days when you’re training) is so important when it comes to keeping you energised for the day. It also means you won’t be tucking into that vending machine come 11am.
Make sure you have some protein with your first meal of the day – it will help you feel full for longer and it will aid that muscle recovery from your morning gym class. Add a whack of veggies to that – because it’s easier to get your five a day if you have some with every meal – and you’re set to go.
Think of combining ingredients like eggs, quinoa, bok choy, baby marrow, broccoli and peas all in one neat nutritious breakfast bowl! That’s tons of healthy nutrients and protein to get you fuelled for the day. And you can find them all in Doppio Zero’s Salmon Grain Bowl. Salmon is high in omega-3s, which not only improves brain functioning but can help fight depression.
If you’re plant-based you can easily get the same benefits with some scrambled tofu. Not sure how to do it yourself? Try the Doppio Zero Mushroom Tofu Scramble. Tofu is a good vegan source of calcium, which studies have shown helps alleviate stress and nxiety.
Sip For Success
Why not swap out your regular flat white for some matcha? Packed with antioxidants (much more than regular green tea), matcha helps boost your metabolism and burn kilojoules, it aids detoxification, lowers cholesterol levels and helps balance your blood-sugar levels. Doppio Zero is now serving a choice of Matcha and Mint, Turmeric and Ginger or Beetroot lattes. The latter are great alternatives to the usual caffeinated cuppas and if you struggle from coffee crashes, they’re the right way to go.
Monday morning got you feeling less than motivated? Re-energise with a Detox juice, with carrot, celery and pineapple – and add a touch of ginger to soothe your tum and boost your immune system.
Feel like you need a bit of extra detox help after the weekend? Try an activated charcoal shot, not only will it help relieve hangover symptoms, but it will also alleviate gas and bloating and can even help with teeth whitening.
Doppio Zero is now serving freshly cold-pressed juices and power shots everyday. Perfect to grab post yoga.
Avoid The Midday Slump
While you might be blaming your early-morning dreadmill session for your 2pm yawns, a midday slump could be due to not eating the right kind of lunch.
To combat afternoon Zzzs, eat enough protein and veg to boost your energy. Doppio Zero’s Turmeric Chicken Salad with celery, roasted beetroot, mange tout and baby marrow will definitely hit the spot. Or try the Ostrich Tabbouleh Salad with ostrich meat balls. Both chicken and ostrich meat is high in B vitamins, which boost energy and mood.
Doppio Zero’s new FRESH menu is available at stores countrywide and runs until Sunday 21 October. Available for breakfast and lunch only. For more information and a full list of Doppio Zero stores in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape, visit . For more #foodspiration, follow @DoppioZeroSA on and and Doppio Zero South Africa on and .
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