KEEP YOUR ENERGY LEVELS UP
If you need to be up past your usual bedtime, these foods will give your mental and physical stamina an extra boost, say Daphne Wu (left), a dietitian, and Benita Perch, a naturopathic physician from the Integrated Medicine Institute in Hong Kong.
A whey or pea protein shake: It’s easy to digest and perfect for when you need to feel energised fast.
Low-sugar cereal bar: It has carbohydrates, as well as a range of vitamins and minerals that help your body release energy.
Dairy products: They’re high in protein and vitamin B2, which is needed for energy. Go for a glass of low-fat plain milk or two slices of low-fat cheese. To maintain your general well-being, Ong Wee Ling, TCM physician from Gun Aun Chon Chinese Ginseng Medical Shop, says to take this revitalising tonic weekly. “Put all the ingredients into a slow cooker and boil for two to three hours; add a pinch of salt to taste.” Black chicken (has high levels of the antioxidant carnosine) + Ginseng (known for its energyboosting properties) + Angelica root (invigorates and nourishes the blood) = Black chicken ginseng soup