During Diwali festivities, it becomes challenging to be on high energy levels due to the ongoing events and celebrations. Besides planning and managing many tasks simultaneously, eating healthy and taking out some time for exercise becomes almost impossible when family get-togethers and friends’ parties are lined up one after another. However, keeping your health on priority even during this eventful and hectic festive time is quite important to keep your fatigue at bay and help you enjoy the merriments to the fullest.

It’s time to change your mindset and look at this festive time as an opportunity to stay more active and full of vigour so as to bond better with your loved ones while enjoying fun-frolic events.

To keep your energy levels high during the demanding Diwali festive season, schedule these foods in your daily diet and be full of vigour every day:

Alfalfa sprouts: Being loaded with vitamin C, these sprouts detoxify your body, keep energy levels up and the metabolic rate steady. They are also packed with magnesium that helps regulate the body’s energy metabolism.

Asparagus: Asparagus provides you with numerous health benefits and a lot of vitamin B which makes your body function with full vigour. Thus, you feel energetic all day. Also, it is a rich source of tryptophan which creates serotonin – a mood uplifter and energy booster. This vegetable is rich in vitamin C and that is also a powerful antioxidant to keep energy levels high.

Green soybean: Green soybean is a rich source of protein and fibre. It contains ample calcium, iron and vitamin A and C. It makes for a great snack due to its nutty flavour and chewy texture. It keeps you full keeping you away from unhealthy foods that can make you drowsy. Add it in soups, stews or dips or just eat it roasted with a dash of olive oil, salt and black pepper.

Spinach: Spinach is packed with iron and iron helps body tissues to receive the oxygen they require, thereby keeping fatigue at bay. To keep energy levels high during the festive season, eat a cup of this green leafy plant daily including it in soups, stews or curry and dry vegetables.

Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes are full of healthy carbohydrates, vitamin A, B and C, potassium, phosphorus and dietary fibre. Eating a bowl of boiled or baked potato slows down digestion and gives you a steady supply of energy to keep you active through the day.

Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits are a powerhouse of vitamin C and fibre. They are full of water. Vitamin C in these fruits rejuvenates your body keeping your energy levels high. This potent antioxidant keeps irritability and laziness at bay. The natural sugar and high water content may uplift your mood and boost your vigour instantly. The fibre content makes you feel full by adding bulk to your food and helps carbs release into your bloodstream at a slow and steady rate. Thus, they provide you with energy staying power and make you feel active all day long.

Greek yoghurt: It is an excellent choice to have a protein-rich food full of complex carbohydrate. Eating right carbs in the right amount with a combination of protein is a good way to keep energy levels high throughout the day. You can add chopped fresh fruits to add water and fibre content. Adding some berries to Greek yoghurt is the best way for slow-releasing energy that lasts you all day.

One should always eat healthy to be vigorous, happy and active. However, it becomes difficult during the festive season to be on your fitness track. Nevertheless, it is quite important to start eating healthier as soon as the festive season approaches nearer and nearer. If you cannot give up unhealthy foods altogether, start with small changes like replacing a cup of coffee with green tea or any other foods mentioned above – you are sure to experience a surge in your energy levels.