Men's Health (South Africa)

Fill up on premium fuel with these high-octane recipes.

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As 2020 drags on... and on and on, energy may feel in short supply. While you might not be able to ease off the pedal, you can ensure you’re filling up on premium fuel. Our high-octane recipes are primed to fire up your engine

09 Offal

Heart, liver, kidney and sweetbread­s are excellent sources of vitamin B12, iron and selenium, all of which affect energy and well-being. They’re also wastefully underused.

10 Miso

Rapidly evolving research is linking probiotics, such as miso, to mood. Improving your gut bacteria with these foods could even improve your sleep quality. Noodle soup is your new night cap.

11 Mushrooms

One of the few plant-based sources of vitamin D. As well as bolstering mood during the darker months, it supports fat loss – if you can afford to lose any winter padding.

12 Red Chilli

Its capsaicin boosts blood flow to warm your body and fires up your immune system. Chilli could take the heat out of a hectic week: all peppers are rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to lower stress levels.

13 Seeds

They’re rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps your body to convert the food you eat into usable energy. Low levels are linked to fatigue. Black and white sesame seeds are king.

14 Avocado

A diet rich in oleic acid – found in avocados and olives – has been shown to increase energy and improve mood. Don’t be afraid to add a little extra fat to your meals.

15 Cashews

One of the richest natural sources of magnesium, which has been linked to better quality sleep. A note on hip new cashew milks: most store-bought brands are less than 5% nuts. Don’t rely on them.

16 Squash

Orange vegetables contain the pigment beta-carotene, an antioxidan­t that is converted into vitamin A. This plays a crucial role in immunity, helping you quash any man flu fears.

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