Top 4 Energy-boosting Foods

Shake off the winter slumber and get pumped up for the new season, by getting your health kick started.

During the colder months you might have found comfort in guilty treats such as pies, chocolate biscuits and pudding, but it's time to do a trade-off with a much better selection of food to contribute to your healthy meal plans for spring.

Boost your energy levels this spring with these four fantastic foods.

Kiwifruit

This is the perfect fruit to start your day with, scooping out the delicious flesh with your spoon and eating on the spot.

Alternatively, you can add kiwifruit to your cereal, or in a juice blended with mango and orange.

Kiwifruit is fantastic to eat because it prevents energy lows when you're hungry, is high in vitamins C and E, and is an excellent source of dietary fibre.

Spinach

The veggie that made cartoon character Popeye mighty and strong, spinach is one energy-booster that is a must-have for your shopping list.

Spinach is a great source of iron, with this mineral aiding in transporting oxygen throughout the body, helping to keep your body pumped with energy to burn.

You can also get your fix of daily nutrients such as beta carotene, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium.

Add this green to a spring strawberry salad, vegetable frittata or chicken and leek soup.

Edamame

Soybeans such as edamame contain energising nutrients such as phosphorous and B-vitamins.

This is the perfect post-gym snack, as it's easy to prepare. Simply boil a large pot of salted water, add the frozen edamame and cook until tender and bright green.

Transfer the edamame, using a slotted spoon, to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Leave it to drain, pat to dry, then it's ready to eat!

Quinoa

This highly nutritious grain can keep you feeling energised until your next meal, as its rich in protein and complex carbohydrates. It also has three times the iron content of rice and twice that of wheat.

This year wasn't named the International Year of Quinoa for nothing, with this grain a fabulous source of nutrients and a tasty addition to salads, soups and porridges.

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