5 foods that… boost energy and endurance

Give your energy and endurance levels a boost with these top 5 foods

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Watercress 

Low in calories, but don’t under-estimate its energy-giving power. Noted for being a great source of B vitamins, it helps to convert fat, protein and carbohydrate into energy. Good source of Vitamin C, too.

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Banana 

Available, portable and provides the perfect spectrum of energy-giving nutrition. The banana’s protein is
largely in the form of the amino acid tryptophan, which converts to mood-lifting serotonin.

Coconu

Although coconuts are high in saturated fat, about half of this is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These fatty acids are used as an immediate energy source, rather than being stored in the body as body fat.

Almonds

Protein-rich almonds can do wonders for boosting flagging energy levels in between meals or pre-workout. Accompany with  fruit such as a banana or apple.

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Wholegrain rice

One of the ultimate carbohydrate-rich energy foods, wholegrain rice is also richer in B vitamins than white rice, and comes lower down on the glycaemic index, so a steadier release of energy-giving carbohydrates and more sustained energy.