How to boost your energy

It seems that Australian mums are struggling to keep up, with 98% saying they would like more energy when it comes to their daily routine according to a survey undertaken by the Apple & Pear Board.

So, we put some pertinent questions to nutrition scientist and co-author of The Low GI Diet, Joanna McMillan Price

to help give Aussie mums the inside track on how to get more energy out of their days.


Q1: What is the best way for mothers to go about getting more energy in their days?

According to the 'Mums Endurance Survey', only 25% of mums would go about getting more energy in their day-to-day life through a change in diet.

This shows that many Australian mums are missing the impact that simple diet changes can have on their energy levels. Eating the right food, in combination with exercising and getting enough sleep, is the best way to boost energy.

Q2: What types of food should mums be eating to get the most energy?

The food that we put into our bodies has a significant impact on the amount of energy that we produce. By eating fresh and healthy, low GI foods Australian mums can take advantage of sustained energy, rather than the quick peak and fall of high GI products that can stimulate hunger.

Look for fresh fruit, such as pears and apples. Brown breads, nuts and fish are also good choices.

Q3: There is a lot of talk about the benefits of Low GI diets, but what does Low GI actually mean?

Low GI foods provide carbohydrate in a slow-release form. This avoids blood sugar highs and lows throughout the day.

Low GI foods with a rating between zero and 55 are digested and absorbed slower than high GI items. The slower absorption produces a gradual rise in blood glucose and insulin levels, rather than a sudden peak.

In simple terms, Low GI foods make you feel fuller longer and give you slow release energy.

Q4: What role does snacking have in boosting energy?

The 'Mums Endurance Survey' found that of the 80% of mothers who snack between meals, 60% are snacking in the afternoon and 34% are aiming for an energy boost. Twenty nine percent of mums snack due to hunger and 12% out of boredom and/or to give themselves something to do.

By replacing one pre-packaged snack food with a fresh pear, Australian mothers will reap the energy rewards. Not only are pears nutrient rich and low in energy density, they are also grown in Australia and can be eaten fresher without the concerns of air miles.

Q5: What is the best (and easiest) way to introduce energy boosting foods into a diet?

The best place to start is by incorporating energy boosting foods into traditional snack recipes. This will turn your favourite snacks into energy boosting, low fat choices.

Examples include serving pear slices with a zesty dip instead of crackers, making pizza snacks with pear, spinach and feta and even adding pear to Thai Chicken salad.

*Research conducted by Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) found that Australian mums are lacking the energy they need to get through their day and aren't aware that simple lifestyle changes may bring just the boost they need.