Glitter Guide contributor, Kara Stout, is back with healthy ways to defeat those pesky winter blues and boost your energy naturally. Get ready for an instant immunity upgrade!
It’s no surprise that during the cold winter months our energy can significantly decrease. Less sunshine, shorter days and disrupted sleep cycles all contribute to undesirable winter fatigue. The good news is that there are plenty of effective tips that can help. Start with some general guidelines to increase energy—things like prioritizing sleep, reducing sugar intake, exercising, drinking more water and making sure to get plenty of protein. In addition to these general health and lifestyle tips, there are also specific energy boosters that are sure to get you out of that winter slump and perk you right up! Read on for eight ways to boost your energy naturally during the winter months.
- Drink a cup of matcha green tea: This green tea is known to give you long-lasting energy—even more so than coffee—without the crash. Not to mention it has a very high concentration of antioxidants, is calming, is a good source of chlorophyll and fiber and can help us focus.
- Make a smoothie with raw cacao powder: This powder is pure, raw chocolate and is a fantastic high-energy superfood. Having a chocolate smoothie for breakfast or lunch can help increase your energy and also decrease stress and boost your mood. My go-to energy-boosting smoothie combo is almond milk, a frozen banana, cacao, almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds and spinach.
- Add maca powder to your foods: This is another superfood that’s great for energy, endurance and vitality. It is also packed with vitamins and minerals. Side note: it can also be beneficial for balancing hormones, infertility and anemia. You can add it to your oatmeal, smoothies or soup. I also love to add maca to my homemade hot chocolate that I make using raw cacao powder, almond or coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Eat chia seed pudding: This simple-to-make power breakfast is a must for energy boosting! You can also bring it to work for a snack during the day. Chia seeds are small but mighty in all their benefits. They can also enhance your workout performance.
- Get plenty of vitamin D3: If the sun is shining, take the opportunity to sit outside in the sunshine even just for a bit. Get as much sunlight as you can. You can also take vitamin D3 capsules daily, which research shows is very beneficial to your overall health as well. Side tip: if you ever start feeling sick or run down, make sure to take vitamin D3, as it will help boost your immune system.
- Sip on coconut water: This hydrating natural drink is a great source of electrolytes and potassium. Potassium aids our cells in producing energy. So, next time you want to reach for that midday cup of joe, try coconut water!
- Make homemade vegetable soup: Warming soups are so nourishing during the winter months. You’ll want to avoid heavy, cream-based soups as these will most likely deplete your energy. Ideally, go for the broth-based soups and add in these particularly energizing veggies—things like sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus, celery and carrots. Beans are also great to add to soups for enhancing energy.
- Enjoy peppermint essential oil: This refreshing oil can help you feel alert, focused and uplifted. You can add a drop or two to your water, add to your smoothies or enjoy topically and aromatically by dabbing on your wrists or diffusing. You want to make sure the oil is good quality and therapeutic grade.