More sunshine! Longer days! Ramps! Spring has sprung early and we are here for it. This season, however, staying inside and trying to stay healthy are a big part of our current reality. While we’re keeping our distance, there’s still some simple things you can do to tap into those spring energy vibes—even if you're still weighed down by your winter comfort foods and Netflix binges. It’s finally time to emerge from your turtleneck sweater and dust off your sunglasses:
Snacking on sugary treats (or hidden sources of sugar masquerading as health snacks like granola) gives you only one hour before a sugar-induced crash and burn with reduced energy. When you’re craving something sweet, aim for a spring fruit like apricots or kiwi paired with a handful of nuts.
Lighten up with seasonal lettuces, spinach, arugula, green peas, leeks, and fennel. Freshly’s head nutritionist Brooke Scheller, Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, also suggests adding herbs like parsley, mint, thyme, and basil to provide a fresh flavor. Keeping your diet light and fresh means your digestive system isn’t bogged down by hard-to-digest foods, sapping your energy.
With more sunlight, you might be tempted to pack more into the day—but it’s important not to compromise on sleep. The better your sleep, the better your memory, according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School—and the more productive you are.
Take advantage of balmy temps and go for a brisk walk outside: an exercise break can give you a better energy boost than a cup of coffee, according to a study published in Physiology and Behavior. It’s especially important to get outside right now to stay sane during our work from home (and homeschooling) days.
When the weather warms up, Aperol spritzes become especially appealing. But alcohol can sap your energy especially in the increasing heat so try an alcohol-free spirit like Curious Elixirs, or make a spritzer instead.
When we don't drink enough water, our lymphatic system, part of the immune system, can slow down—possibly leading to brain fog. Stay hydrated (and energized) by infusing regular water with fruit and herbs.
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