Staying in can feel like a recharge. But it can also feel draining, exhausting and downright bleak. If you’re feeling more lethargic than indulgent, you may want to consider what you’re eating. You could be missing out on some key nutrients or your metabolism could slow down. Either way, these 20 foods will help you feel normal indoors.
Vitamin D deficiency
Trout is packed with vitamin D (so are fish oil supplements, too). Just three ounces of trough offers 726 IU of vitamin D, which is 132% of the daily value.
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Stock up on vitamin D
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Need a caffeine fix?
Consider a cup of coffee, decaf coffee or tea for your caffeine kick. A coffee offers 95 mg of caffeine, and tea offers 50 mg. Decaf has less caffeine, but it’s still there — 2 mg.
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Surprising sources of caffeine
Serotonin — the “happy hormone”
Three ounces of chicken breast offers 343 mg, which is 123% of the recommended daily intake.
Eat for serotonin
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Eating Iron for energy
A bowl of bran cereal has a surprisingly high amount of iron: 28 mg, 158% of the daily value.
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Sources of iron
Boost your metabolism with vitamin B12
Two ounces of smoked salmon gets you 5.1 mcg of vitamin B12, and that’s 168% of the daily value.
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Foods with vitamin B12
Vitamin A for skin
Break out the juicer! A cup of carrot juice has an impressive 45,133 IU of vitamin A — 903% of the daily value.
Foods highest in vitamin A
Complex carbs are the good carbs
Why not try a half-cup of split peas on your plate. That will give you 25 g of dietary fibre — 100% of the daily value.
The best complex carbs
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Stevia as a sugar substitute
Stevia is a sweetener that is added to packaged foods and drinks, but you can also cook with it yourself. One teaspoon of stevia is equal to one tablespoon of sugar.
Using dates in recipes
Eat slower for less calories
Hot foods — temperature “hot” and flavour “hot” — are one way to do that, as you won’t scoff down in seconds. Consider a spicy chili or soup!
Slow eating foods
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Magnesium to relax
A cup of cooked spinach gives you 157 mg of magnesium, which is 39% of the daily value.
Magnesium in comfort foods
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