The foods that will wake you up just as much as a cup of coffee

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It can be a struggle to get going in the mornings – at least until you’ve had your first caffeine fix of the day that is.
But one nutritionist says there is a way to fight fatigue and be energised for the day ahead without reaching automatically for coffee or a cup of tea.
Leading Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert shares with FEMAIL the foods that can wake you up just as much as your morning brew.
All food gives you energy, but not all foods are created equal when it comes to their power to energise you.
It is also widely accepted that missing even one meal can cause fatigue by the end of the day.
Eating regularly keeps your blood sugar balanced and energy levels high.
These are the foods I recommend eating if you want to beat fatigue.
APPLES
Apples are a great source of quercetin, an antioxidant that actively protects your brain cells.
Research suggests that consuming quercetin-rich foods increases endurance and boosts aerobic capacity, even when you’re not exercising.
Quercetin also defends your brain cells from free radicals, which are attributed to cognitive decline.
Other foods that contain quercetin include peppers, tomatoes and leafy greens like spinach and kale.
EGGS
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and they’re not just a great source of protein.
The yolks of eggs are naturally rich in B-vitamins, which are largely responsible for converting food into energy. Another micronutrient that eggs contain is choline, which is important for supporting energy levels.
With research suggesting that 90 per cent of people are getting less than the recommended amount of choline, eggs have an important place in everyone’s diet.
NUTS
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. Every cell in your body contains it, and needs it to function.
During exercise, you may actually need up to 20 per cent more magnesium than when you’re resting.
Brazil nuts, almonds and cashews have some of the highest levels of magnesium. Nuts are also dense in other nutrients including healthy fats and protein, making them very filling.
DARK CHOCOLATE
If you’re eating chocolate for energy, you want the highest cacao concentration possible.
It is cacao that contains the nutrients that people claim help fight stress and boost energy and focus.
Dark chocolate also contains a kick of caffeine, which some people may use to boost energy levels quickly.
WATER
Drinking water is important for so many reasons but energy is chief among them.
If you’re feeling lethargic, it may well be from dehydration, of which fatigue is a very common symptom.
A good first step towards greater wakefulness is to drink some water first thing, and strive towards keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day.
SPINACH AND RED MEAT
Iron carries oxygen throughout the body, allowing organs to function effectively. Therefore, if you have low iron, you are essentially depriving your body’s cells of oxygen.
It is also an essential nutrient, and one you must get from food.
Spinach is often thought of as the go-to food for iron, but the vegetable contains a lot of non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed very well in the body.
Red meat is probably the most easily accessible source of heme iron but for those who don’t eat red meat, ensure you include vitamin C in your diet, as it will help absorption significantly.

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