Already yawning and it's barely 9am? While reaching for another cup of coffee seems like the most obvious response to a bad night’s sleep, there are a number of foods that will help naturally beat fatigue and maintain your energy levels throughout the day.

  1. Fatigue fighter number one is chia seeds. With protein and fibre keeping your blood sugar stable, plus magnesium, potassium and iron, chia seeds are nature’s own fatigue fighters. The antioxidant and omega 3 levels provide additional nourishment to the energy boost you’ll get from chia seeds, while the magnesium supports your metabolism and helps fight of those nasty sugar cravings!
  2. Also high in magnesium is cacao, which is considered one of nature’s superfoods for a reason. Along with magnesium, cacao is a good source of b-vitamins, protein, fibre and zinc, and has up to 4 times the amount of iron (per gram) as a piece of beef steak. Iron helps transport oxygen around the body which is vital in muscle and brain performance.

  3. If you are running low on energy, a banana packed with potassium is a great snack option. Potassium is a mineral that your body needs to function properly. As well as assisting with blood pressure, potassium helps with muscle contractions and facilitates healthy nerve impulses.  Bananas also contain healthy sugars, are low GI, and contain enough protein and fiber to get you back on track for a productive day.

  4. Oats are the perfect pick me up when your day is starting to come crashing down. Oats are a low glycemic food, with slow release energy and plenty of protein and fiber. Oats are particularly versatile when it comes to cooking, and can used as a base for all sorts of meal and snack recipes. If you do however, find yourself lacking time to experiment in the kitchen, that’s no worries. Reach for one of our brand new Oat Bars – the easiest way to get your oaty fix.

  5. 3pm blues kicking in? There’s nuttin better than a handful of almonds to keep you from reaching for that sugary snack. While Almonds are especially effective at helping beat fatigue, all nuts have fatigue beating properties. These little energy boosters are packed with potassium, sodium, magnesium, protein and fibre. They’ll keep you fuller, longer, and the protein and fiber content, together with the copper and manganese, are all bonus points in the snack wars.

  6. Last but most definitely not least is water, and yes although it is not technically a food, dehydration is one of most common causes of fatigue and should not be overlooked. What better way to combat lethargy than with a glass of the good stuff… or three, or four.