This week, we’ve been spotlighting berry recipes you can rely on for endurance when you’re really hungry. But when it comes to getting a boost of energy, what do berries actually bring to the table?
FAQ: What’s the best thing to eat when I’m tired?
A: When you’re tired, get some berries! They’re rich in vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, which are three great ways to make a positive impact on your body when you’re feeling low-energy.
Each type of berry packs a slightly different nutritional combo. We’ll break it down for you here so you’ll know what snack to bring with you today.
Sometimes when you feel most tired, it’s because your immune system is working overtime. When this happens, one of the best fruits you can turn to is a strawberry. Or two, or three strawberries. A cup of strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange, and will give you 160% of your daily vitamin C intake! Aside from strengthen your immune system, vitamin C can also help arthritis symptoms.
On a sluggish afternoon, sometimes all it takes is a short walk to jump-start your circulation and boost blood pressure. Eating strawberries for lunch will give you the potassium you need to help keep your blood pressure nice and even. It will also take care of your heart with a dose of phytonutrients.
Are you so tired that you can’t see straight? If your vision tends to get blurry from fatigue, you can turn to blueberries for antioxidants to bolster your nighttime vision and help adjust your eyesight from glare. The phytonutrients in blueberries can also help your memory focus and recover short term memories faster.
If you feel like you’re dragging the weight of the world with you, we recommend clearing out your system with some high-fiber raspberries. Just one cup of these has more fiber-power than a whole bran muffin. You catch our drift?
Raspberries will also help put your heart in the right place. With multiple flavinoids capable of helping prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity and age decline, snacking on these seedy morsels can help ensure that you won’t miss a beat. They also help your body fight cancer by playing an important role in the life cycle of its many cells.
When you need to be at peak performance levels, eating blackberries can help you stay on top. They contain the one of the highest antioxidant levels per serving of any food tested. Antioxidants in blackberries can help control the loss of electrons which help your muscles and nerves function. They also work to protect your body’s cells from damage, so you can soldier on.
So add some berries to your next hearty meal or pick-me-up snack. Whether you aim on claiming victory over that Friday night deadline or starting Monday like a powerhouse, you can count on these tiny gems for support.