Do the shorter days leave you searching for the energy? Darkness signals your body to produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for making you sleepy, so the shorter days that come along with winter can cause you to feel like hitting the hay instead of the gym. Eating complex carbohydrates, found abundantly in whole grains, starchy vegetables, and legumes can help you stay awake and energized. Combining protein with carbohydrates gives your body a one two punch of energy! Your body digests the complex carbohydrates slowly keeping your blood sugar levels in normal range and the protein helps you stay full longer. This energy-boosting combinating can be found in meals like a chicken sandwich on wheat bread.
Other energy-boosting foods: Peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread, Greek yogurt with fruit, whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese