We’ve prepared three mouth-watering and nutritious recipes filled with foods that help fight fatigue.
How many processed foods have you eaten today out of a can or package?
You don’t need to cut every processed food out of your diet, but processed foods shouldn’t make up the bulk of your meals. There’s a link between nutrition and fatigue. If you’ve been feeling exhausted recently, you may benefit from taking a moment to examine your diet.
Your body is like a sports car that needs the best type of fuel to run efficiently—except your body doesn’t run on premium gasoline—it runs on fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, spices, and quality supplements. If your car needs premium fuel, you wouldn’t fill it with cheap gasoline. So why fuel your body with anything other than the best?
Just because you want to eat healthily doesn’t mean you have to eat blandly. We’ve prepared three mouth-watering and nutritious recipes filled with foods that help fight fatigue.
1. Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
This soup recipe contains an incredible mixture of nutrients to help you ward off fatigue. Both sweet potato and carrots contain beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A.
The key spice in this recipe, curry powder, contains the potent antioxidant turmeric. Ginger also has powerful antioxidant benefits thanks to the active ingredient gingerol.
To make this recipe a complete meal, cook it together with a protein source like a low-sodium natural chicken sausage, a 3-ounce serving of grass-fed organic meat or lentils.
Recipe Nutrition Highlights
Beta carotene acts as an antioxidant and it can also promote eye health. (1)
Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin. Research shows curcumin can support your joint health as well as support a healthy inflammatory response in your body. (2)
Ginger’s active ingredient, gingerol, may also support your body's inflammatory response and help improve your body composition. (3)
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
½ cup of green onions
3 cups of diced sweet potato
1 ½ cups of carrots
1 ½ tablespoon of ginger
1 tablespoon of curry powder
3 cups of vegetable stock
Step 1: Heat the coconut oil over medium heat. When it melts, add the green onions and sauté until tender.
Step 2: Add the potato, carrots, ginger, and curry powder. Cook for two minutes and add the vegetable stock.
Step 3: Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes. Add the salt.
Step 4: Let the soup cool to room temperature and blend in a food processor.
Step 5: Reheat and serve.
2. Turmeric Quinoa Bowls
These turmeric quinoa bowls contain plenty of healthy ingredients to support your energy levels. If you want to maximize the health benefits, you can increase the amount of kale you add to the bowls.
Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can consume. A cup of kale contains more than 100% of your daily amount of vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
Quinoa is another great food to include in your diet regularly. Quinoa is one of the only grains to provide a full spectrum of amino acids.
Complete this meal by adding in some organic spinach, pasture-raised eggs or a serving of all-natural chicken.
Recipe Nutrition Highlights
The healthy monounsaturated fats in avocado support weight loss and your cardiovascular health. (4)
Kale contains high amounts of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant and supports energy metabolism. (5)
4 large potatoes
1 can of chickpeas (15oz)
2 teaspoons of turmeric
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/3 cup of quinoa (uncooked)
1 cup of kale
½ tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Cut the potatoes into strips and put them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with coconut oil and sprinkle one teaspoon of turmeric.
Step 3: Roast the potatoes for five minutes and drain the can of chickpeas.
Step 4: Roast the chickpeas and potato for about 25 minutes.
Step 5: Cook the quinoa with a 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa. If you use 1/3 cup of quinoa, use about 2/3 a cup of water. Add a teaspoon of turmeric as well as salt and pepper when cooked. Mix well.
Step 6: Wash the kale and cover with olive oil.
Step 7: Divide the quinoa and potatoes between four bowls. Add kale and avocado to each.
3. Salmon with Sesame and Ginger Root
Salmon is one of the best foods you can add to a healthy diet. Not only is it high in protein, but it’s also high in the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA.
This recipe also contains olive oil, which is an excellent source of vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats. Your body uses vitamin E as an antioxidant and for many biological functions like creating red blood cells.
Recipe Nutrition Highlights
DHA may support a healthy inflammatory response as well as promote muscle recovery. (6)
EPA can support optimal brain and mental health. (6)
Vitamin E may promote healthy skin and support the body throughout its natural aging process. (7)
1 pound of salmon fillets
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 grated cloves of garlic
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon grated ginger
½ teaspoon sesame seeds
Step 1: Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar. Whisk until combined.
Step 3: Marinate the salmon in the mixture for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper and bake on the lowest rack for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 5: Combine vinegar, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, and sesame seeds together to make the glaze.
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