Vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise as we all strive to live more healthily and conscientiously. Whether you’ve chosen to forgo animal products for health, environmental or empathetic reasons, it’s vital that you’re still giving your body everything that it needs to thrive and survive. Veganism and vegetarianism can dramatically improve your general health, wellbeing and energy levels. However, finding the right foods to supplement animal products can be tricky at first. Try these energy boosters and prepare to step things up a notch.
If you’re leading a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you likely already know that nuts are good for you. Almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are all particularly rich in numerous vitamins and minerals. They make a delicious mid-afternoon snack, while working similarly well sprinkled on a salad or dessert.
Fresh fruits including peaches, bananas, apples, cherries, oranges, dates, papayas, passionfruit, pineapples and lemons can help to stabilise your blood sugar level. This will ensure your energy levels remain elevated for longer. Besides, fruit tastes delicious whether it’s enjoyed as a snack or as part of a fruit salad.
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Avocado is very much the food of the moment. It also happens to be particularly great for boosting energy, comprising minerals, vitamin B6 and monosaturated fats. You’ll find almost 20 vitamins and minerals in this small stone fruit, which can be used as a healthy spread or a delicious accompaniment to salad.
Brown and wild rice, quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”), oats, spelt, amaranth, barley and millet are filled with protein and fibre, and are especially adept at lowering cholesterol. Packed with nutrients, they absorb slowly which means you’ll feel fuller for far longer. Many types of grain are known to boost the immune system. They work hard to give your body everything it needs without compromising your vegan lifestyle.
As a vegan or vegetarian you’ve probably investigated the potential of plant-based proteins. You’re no doubt aware that tofu, lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas and edamame beans make fantastic substitutes for animal proteins. Rich in nutrients, these foods offer a boost for vegetarians and vegans as well as omnivores when eaten as part of a delicious, balanced meal.
Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard and mustard greens are high in nutrients and low in calories. This means that they can be eaten in abundance without guilt, providing the energy boost you need to complete your workout or enjoy your day. Salads and smoothies are particularly enjoyable if you’re looking to inject a little more green into your diet.
Here at Reon, we believe in living your best life, whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian or omnivore – whatever works best for you! For this reason, you’ll find our blog packed with tips that complement a variety of lifestyles. Please feel free to browse and stay a while. You might be surprised what motivational tidbits you encounter.