One question our Wellness Concierge team gets almost every day at Organic Avenue is, “What will give me the most energy?”
While coffee gives you an immediate boost, it should only be consumed in moderation. If not, it can cause energy slumps later in the day, making it harder to stay alert and motivated.
Most people hit the 2pm slump at work and struggle to be productive until they have an afternoon cup of coffee; one more before an evening workout, and queue a sleepless night.
The key to avoiding the 2pm slump is optimizing your lunch. The second meal of the day is often forgotten between afternoon meetings and deadlines; but at Organic Avenue, we believe that a healthy lunch can be used as a tool to boost your body’s energy levels and overall health.
There are two essential factors to consider when choosing a meal that will boost your energy levels — nutrients and digestion.
Eating nutrient-dense foods that contain a healthy balance of macronutrients will help fill you up and give you much more energy than if you focus on calories alone. Organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds provide your body with valuable micronutrients that will energize your system and make you feel fuller longer.
Digestion is another crucial part of staying energized. At Organic Avenue, we prepare all of our food for optimal digestion, allowing your body to assimilate nutrients quickly and use food as energy as opposed to letting it weigh you down. We never add chemicals or preservatives that can hinder the digestive process and focus on pure balanced meals, high in fiber and healthy sources of fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
One of our new favorite energizing lunches at Organic Avenue is the Shredded Beet and Walnut Salad with our Signature Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains powerful probiotics that increase healthy gut bacteria, making digestion stronger and ultimately energizing your system. The beets found in the Shredded Beet and Walnut Salad are high in nitrates that help increase blood flow delivering more nutrients and oxygen throughout the body resulting in an energy boost. Walnuts are rich in folate, essential omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants that help boost brain health and control cravings.
Another great lunch option to energize your brain and body is one of our delicious wraps like the Spicy Bah Mi Collard Wrap paired with a Power House Smoothie. The Spicy Bah Mi Collard Wrap contains jalapeños that can increase blood circulation. This entrée is light enough that it will digest quickly, avoiding the afternoon slump. Follow up the wrap with the Power House smoothie that contains antioxidant rich greens, healthy fats, and a powerful protein punch that will keep your system revved up enough for a post-office spin class or a jog in the park.
Caffeine and energy drinks only go so far to energize your body. For a real energy boost that lasts, nothing beats a wholesome meal of organic balanced foods to fill you up and keep you going.