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What gives you an energy boost? Share with Nairn’s Oatcakes - £300 voucher to be won + Nairn’s hamper worth £150(645 Posts)
Everyone needs a little boost now and then. We all have those frantically busy days - whether at work, at home taking care of the kids or just rushing around trying to keep all those proverbial plates spinning – and it’s easy to forget how to keep yourself well nourished and energised. Not only can making better nutritional choices help keep you energised, but also little emotional boosts such as listening to your favourite song can also have a huge effect on how we handle life’s demands and whatever the day throws at us! With that in mind Nairn’s would really like to know what gives you an energy boost?
Here’s what Nairn’s have to say: “Nairn’s are all about ‘grabbing life by the oats’ and over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you some exclusive, energising tips - we’d like to think it’s a pretty good fit considering just how naturally energising oats can be for you. You’ll find interviews with our inspiring and energetic ambassadors, expert advice from our resident nutritional therapist and loads more over on our website.
So, if you’ve got a go-to snack or energising habit that you swear by to keep you up and running, why not share it with the community? You could be lucky enough to win a hamper of incredible goodies from Nairn’s and friends, worth £150!”
What part of the day are you most likely to feel the need for an energy boost? What are the danger signs that your child’s energy is flagging? What foods or snacks do you give them to stop them getting ‘hangry’?! Do you get an energy boost from having a bit of family time? Maybe you get a boost from listening to your favourite playlist on your way to work? Would you say that exercise is what helps give you a boost? And if so what snacks do you eat to make sure you keep your energy going after exercise? What are your favourite breakfasts and lunches that help keep you going for the day? And what foods do you avoid that make you ‘crash’? How do you incorporate oats into your diet?
Whatever gives you an energy boost, share them on the thread below and you’ll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a Nairn’s hamper worth £150 and one MNer will win a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).
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Oatcakes, cheese and a glass of milk or a banana smoothie. Oh and 30 mins in the sunshine and fast walk around a park.
I always need a snack around 10-11AM. I usually have some time of breakfast bar with oats (and chocolate!)
Funnily enough a morning run, sets me up for the day.
Music is really important too I find a good old blast of something upbeat can lift me right back up again, we occasionally have a kitchen disco with the kids to wake us up!
Oats for breakfast keep me going until lunchtime. When I'm flagging in the afternoon I find it's good to go for a quick walk rather than reach for the chocolate bars!!
A walk Somewhere green and and fruit + veg smoothie gives me a boost.
I usually start flagging around 3 and have a smoothie or green tea and a snack. Oatcake, pickle and cheese is a genuine favourite.
After lunch for me! So late afternoon I like oatcakes with crunchy peanut butter and banana or Philadelphia on
I like oats in my protein shakes too, makes them really creamy and I try to eat a good mix of carbs and protein
Definitely oats for breakfast - especially with a chopped banana
It's one of the few things that keeps me going until lunch.
Then it's just a matter of trying to resist chocolate during the afternoon slump...
My son really enjoys Nairn's berry Astro Bites in his packed lunch. I prefer the cheese ones
If I am being good, then a handful or two of sultanas give me a boost but I much prefer a lovely choccy biscuit to keep me going!!
For me I struggle around 3pm and feel I start to flag. It's hard to stop reaching for chocolate. A quick snack like Nairn's can fill me up and get me back on track.
A quick ten minute break for oat cakes, thin layer of butter and honey, a lovely cup of tea at just the right temperature for drinking, and a quick flick through a home magazine.
Weirdly enough I always feel very energised when I drink an actimal drink and start doing housework.
Little naps. Even tiny ones. I can fall asleep instantly so if I only have 10 mins until I need to pick the kids up, I set an alarm on my phone and have a snooze.
Doing a yoga class makes me feel energised for the rest of the day. I have recently got back into it and had forgot how good it makes me feel!
Nairn oatcakes with goats cheese drizzled with olive oil and maybe an avocado. I consider this a yummy, healthy snack that gives me a boost, but without the crash that you get with chocolate.
I do actually really like the fine milled oatcakes nairn do. They are incredibly dry which is part of the appeal because the cup of tea I have with them is the most delicious combination. I have them for my break at work. I'd say they give a good boost to me - they take a while to eat and when I have them for my break at work I feel nicely satisfied but not full. However, what gives me an energy boost....I'm not really sure. Sometimes I am just drained and have no idea why and no amount of biscuits are going to help me. I think really a good nights sleep, a decent amount of exercise and no junk food is what makes me feel good. Hardly a revelation there though!
I am breastfeeding and always eat oats every day to help build my supply. I love the super seeded oatcakes that you sell! I have them every day with lunch. This along with a banana and handful of almonds are my favourite snacks
A walk in the fresh air always perks me up. I do like nairns oatcakes as a mid afternoon snack too - usually topped with a dollop of hummus and some grated carrot.
I rely on bananas and coffee to get me through the mornings.
I forget about Oatcakes and only really remember to buy them around Christmas or when doing a cheeseboard, but they are a good snack(adds them to shopping list…).
I love food! At the moment I'm breastfeeding and I love oatcakes with cottage cheese and cucumber or on their own if I don't have two hands! 😋
...and chocolate 🙈
I love Nairn’s organic super seeded oatcakes with either a nice blue cheese or a really strong cheddar, or even a couple on their own. They really fill a gap and give me a boost.
Big bowl of porridge in the morning and plenty fresh air
Going to a yoga class really helps me - i feel restored after.
For me it's yoga in the morning and a run in the evening- so good for endorphins. I always refuel mid afternoon with Nairn's Super Seeded Oatcakes (as they have extra protein & no added sugar) perfect for keeping slim!
Food wise I like cereal or crackers or oatcakes with some cheese and tomato or a banana for a wee energy boost. I also find playing some uplifting or uptempo music helps get me into a more energetic mood and a bit more motivated!
I'd love to eat Nairn oat cakes but now they put palm oil in them I can't anymore.
So now I snack on almond nuts or raspberries... the odd carrot stick and humous, or porridge to go oat bars, depending on whether I'm at home or on the run .
Dried apricots, apple rings, almonds, cashews and pieces of dark chocolate in a delicious mix are my favourite snack for lasting energy.
Like a pp we sometimes have a kitchen disco if we are flagging. And then a snack plate to share, a mixture of healthy and less so.
I shower really helps to boost me up when I'm flagging. The fresh feeling on my skin makes me feel awake.
Fresh air always works for me. Usually in the form of a walk to the shop to buy snacks
Around 10:30am I start flagging and get a real energy boost from overnight oats and fruit. Although, I haven't tried this withs nairns.
Fresh air and exercise is the best thing to give me energy. Climbed hill last weekend and felt so much more energy than in a long time. I love the outdoors
Not the cheapest, but a delicious snack I have found is a handful of raspberries eaten with a handful of Brazil nuts. So good!!!
Lots of fresh air on a walk. Diet Coke.
Sorry just read the questions- for the kids I chop up cashews and apricots, dates, prunes and raisins (well I don't chop each raisin 🤪) then I melt some dark chocolate 80% cocoa usually (lots of iron) and mix the dried fruit and nuts in it till they're covered all over. Spread it on some baking parchment or foil and leave to set. Keeps well in the fridge, though usually eaten way before it would go off 😁
All three of us in our household eat oats in some form for breakfast (I like homemade Bircher or oats with cardamom, cinnamon and quark, refrigerated overnight then mixed with an egg and baked in a silicone waffle mould the next morning. Bit of Greek yoghurt and fruit and voila!
DD totally gets hangry- alarmingly so. Usually have a cereal bar or banana to hand or as PP said, some 80% cocoa chocolate. A medjool date is always a good one with a couple of Brazil nuts too!
A shower always gets me going. Or some Greek yoghurt with seeds.
I’ve stopped buying Nairn’s oatcakes since they started using palm oil.
But day to day it’s all about a big mug of builders’ tea.
If I'm in a bit of a slump but not quite hungry I always have a couple of slices of cheese. This takes me until my next meal. If I'm a bit meh about housework I light my favourite candle and then tidy, I don't like the nice smell with an untidy room.
Some tender stem broccoli and a cup of green tea does it for me.
I always have oats for breakfast (porridge) - keeps me full until lunch. Mid afternoon is when I get a slump - I tend to fix it with chocolate but popcorn does the job too.
What part of the day are you most likely to feel the need for an energy boost?mid afternoon after school time.a banana or a few oatcake and a cuppa does it for me.sometimes a lovely walk somewhere full fo nature or just a sit down to breathe can help.
What are the danger signs that your child’s energy is flagging?mood,tugging at me,not doing what i say!moaning for food
What foods or snacks do you give them to stop them getting ‘hangry’?!banana,a bowl of cereal,glass of milk,fruit pieces or toast.
Do you get an energy boost from having a bit of family time?yes deff,dancing round the kitchen,snuggles and giggles,even watching seomthing on t.v. to a picnice in the garden or park.
Maybe you get a boost from listening to your favourite playlist on your way to work?yes or some of my favourite presenters on the radio give a boost and a laugh.i love to put the radio on loud too
Would you say that exercise is what helps give you a boost?yes and it can be a gentle work or a big workout.sometimes just a walk in the sun or fresh air.yoga is good too.
And if so what snacks do you eat to make sure you keep your energy going after exercise?fruit salad ir melon chunks.few oatcake with cucumber on or cereal in a tupperware.
What are your favourite breakfasts and lunches that help keep you going for the day?grain salad.pearl barley mixed with roasted vggies.
soup.oatcake and scrambled eggs.oatcakes and a thick bean stew.porridge.
And what foods do you avoid that make you ‘crash’? How do you incorporate oats into your diet?crumbles.porridge,oatcake.top of fish and veggies stews.breakfast bars.toasted and stired through yoghurt
oats and rice hash.
I love fruit for an energy boost. It always helps. Oh and strong black coffee.
Big carby meals and alcohol bofh make me lethargic
My kids flag when they come home from school - they are sporty preteens and seem to be hungry lots! Snack plates are big in my house- lots of healthy bites on one plate. At the moment they are liking cheese, strawberries, crackers or mini oat cakes.
For the DC I tend to give things like bananas or oatcakes with peanut butter or cheese. My low energy time is around 2.30-3 in the afternoon, and I tend to crave chocolate! Apples or oatcakes are a healthier and filling alternative instead, or if I'm at home fruit yoghurt with porridge oats.
I’m trialling walking meetings at work as a way of raising energy and productivity levels. I much prefer bilaterals with staff while walking to St Paul’s cathedral, along the Thames or even to Borough Market for cake! Infinitely better than 30 mins in a dark cramped meeting room. Seems to be working so far - we come back to work energised and motivated.
What part of the day are you most likely to feel the need for an energy boost?
Between 10 and 12 - even though I always have my overnight oats and fruit for breakfast.
What are the danger signs that your child’s energy is flagging? What foods or snacks do you give them to stop them getting ‘hangry’?! Do you get an energy boost from having a bit of family time? Maybe you get a boost from listening to your favourite playlist on your way to work?
Their signs of being 'hangry' are not being able to concentrate on playing, being sulky and not wanting to co-operate- and the odd door slam. I would offer a drink of juice and some toast or raisins normally. We would take a trip to the park to rejuvenate ourselves, or if it was raining put on our favourite singalong Disney film.
Would you say that exercise is what helps give you a boost? And if so what snacks do you eat to make sure you keep your energy going after exercise?
Yes, definitely being outdoors, and having exercise gives me an energy boost - even if I don't want to do it beforehand. I would normally have a banana or a chocolate bar (which probably is the wrong thing)
What are your favourite breakfasts and lunches that help keep you going for the day? And what foods do you avoid that make you ‘crash’? How do you incorporate oats into your diet?
I always have overnight oats, with either blueberries, oranges and honey to sweeten to keep my sustained until lunchtime, I would avoid biscuits and chocolate to avoid the mid-morning crash. I would incorporate oats into my diet by continuing with my overnight oats, I would add more oats into my diet by using by overripe bananas and making 'banana bread' incorporated with oats for a mid-morning snack for the family after reading about the benefits of oats.
The time between getting home from school and dinner time. Yiu don't want them being hungry but at the same time not too much so they're still going to manage their dinner.
oops posted too soon. we have toast sometimes or a cereal bar but I don't really like them as they are generally just packed with sugar and not much else. Fruit is ok.
My energy flags between dinner and going to work for 8pm but I might just have a couple of bits of choc as I dont need much, just enough to help me last a few hours before I can then go to bed.
Drinking water always makes me feel a bit more energized.
I am thankful that my kids eat porridge - it's cheap and really keeps them going.
If I need a boost I'll have some fruit. I have to say that I felt a bit weak the other day in work and someone gave me half a bar of chocolate. Not healthy but it really did help and made me feel better til I could go home and eat something better.
It’s coffee and chocolate about 3pm for me, but oats do sound healthier!
Having a walk around the office after sitting at my desk for a long time. I snack through the day on yoghurt, grapes, cereal bars, satsumas which seems to give me good amounts if energy to last through the day.
If at home, I think hearing good news or making an exciting plan..that seems to get me buzzing and have lots of energy and listening to really good upbeat music
Around 10 am is the danger point for me.... a long time since waking up but still not near enough to lunch time! I mix oats and fruit in a pot of fat free yoghurt, leave overnight in fridge and take into work with me to deal with that 10 o’clock dip. Really fills me up and gives me a productive work boost too. I even save tasks which require a lot of energy / focus for after I’ve had my mid morning boost! I reckon if I didn’t have this, I’d be eating a dozen chocolate biscuit as a substitute!
Why have I never seen these astro bites before? I’ll be getting some of those in for the DC ( since they eat me out of house and home they might fill them up a bit longer!)
I’ve started adding oats and fruit to yoghurt for breakfast and been surprised at how full I’ve felt for some time after. Breakfast during the week tends to be when I’m at work - don’t have time to fit it in at home for various reasons, including getting up very early (start work early) so I’m rarely ready for it then. I do feel an energy dip by 8.30/9am so I have my yoghurt/porridge then.
I recently finished my MSc while working part time and looking after our DD who is now 2.5 yo. Every student gets those days when nothing sinks in and brain fog hangs low around you! I needed to be studying in all the precious time that I had and my best food to help this was salmon and brocolli. I'd simply cook the salmon in the microwave and steam or boil the brocolli and eat them as they come and I found that within about 15 minutes my brain would suddenly go ZING and I could soak up information again easily. I haven't had oatcakes for a while but now come to think of it these would be great for sustained energy when pulling an all-dayer, where he would take our daughter out for a few hours and I would get lost in the haze of study/writing, often not 'coming up for air' for a few hours at a time. I'd then kind of blink awake and suddenly realise I'm desperate for a cup of tea/water and food and the loo! Haha! Well I must've been doing something right as I managed to gain a merit, phew! It was worth it!
definitely overnight oats mixed with an apple puree gives me the boost I need and keeps me satisfied til lunchtime, I love the oat and cinnamon bar as a mid afternoon snack to keep me going until tea time, and often pop one in my son's lunch box as he loves them too, and when he is getting 'hangry' the BBQ pop oats go down a treat !. We generally avoid foods with high sugar as it gives you a short boost and does not satisfy in the long term.
Oat muesli for breakfast, banana from break, and as I have just discovered your flatbreads - the caramelised onion flatbreads with cream cheese is a great lunch. If my little ones are getting hangry after school they are allowed an oats & chocolate chip biscuit whilst I am making dinner. We love a long walk, or bike ride in the evening to give us a boost after dinner. To incorporate oats into our diet along with overnight oats, I make flapjacks for snacks and if I make a rhubarb crumble for Sunday lunch - a oaty crumble topping goes down a treat !
I cannot do wihout breakfast: muesli with gluten free oat milk that I make myself. Then I always flag mid morning so I have a slice of toast with peanut butter or another savoury snack to keep me going. Lunch is essential & then a couple of gluten free oatcakes around 4pm. Then I only need a light supper. My husband & bigger kids can go all day with quite little food & then a massive supper but that does not suit me at all!
for me it's banana oat pancakes for us on the morning - it fills us up and gives us the energy we need until lunchtime - the walk on the school run is just what I need to clear my head and give me the incentive to get in the kitchen to make lunch and dinner - oat flatbreads mixed with some spice are a great way to keep my children from becoming hangry before dinner. I avoid crisps biscuits and chocolate for 'hangry' episodes as they can bring you crashing down and affect your mood.
I'm another who finds a quick burst of exercise gives me more energy, not less. Plus I'm like a small child in that I need to get out in the fresh air or I'm hard work!
I find a walk while listening to music gives me a little boost
Singing. Recently joined rock choir, originally I joined to get out and make new friends but I underestimated the value of the singing itself, belting out a few tunes is really energising and a great mood booster
A cup of tea with decent biscuits and something good on the telly always makes me happy. The nairns oat cakes I got in my moving in box last week were a definite boost (had to restock as I ate them without sharing ;) )
I need an energy boost at about 3 o'clock and usually just go with a handful of nuts or a Nakd bar if at work. At home I'd generally go for a piece of peanut butter on toast.
To me, oatcakes are a lunch rather than a snack. I love them with tongue-cuttingly sharp mature Cheddar and a rock hard conference pear.
Non food energy boosts include a kitchen or bedroom dance or a quick walk around the block. Clarins yellow shower gel is lovely too, or a sniff of eucalyptus essential oil.
My staples are porridge or muesli, bananas and coffee!
Nairns Cheese Oatcakes and Oat biscuits are a lifesaver for me on long train journeys after visits to family. If I'm late getting to the station and don't have time to buy a sandwich I don't need to worry as I have my oatcakes and biscuits to keep me going during the three and a half hour journey before changing trains. I like the fact that they are wrapped in small packs. I can relax with a book during the journey.
I work from home and tend to find my energy flagging if I work for longer than 2-3 hours without a break. I used to drink coffee to punctuate the day but found it was the number one thing to send my blood pressure up, so I trained myself to drink tea instead, which I never used to like. I started with super-weak cups of earl grey and gradually developed a taste for all kinds of herbal and fruit teas. At the moment my favourite is turmeric tea, which tastes exactly as you'd expect and is also a jazzy bright yellow colour! I love my cups of tea. They give me a little break from work, a chance to stretch my legs and a little psychoactive lift.
Peanut butter and jam sandwich and when their is not any sunshine like through the winter months I take a Vitamin D supplement it always does the trick for me. (Only a low dose of Vitamin D)
Drinking water gives me a boost. Apple slices on peanut butter plus oatcakes.
Music also helps.
I find silence and stillness gives me energy (I become easily overwhelmed with noise and movement so just five minutes out a couple of times a day stops me becoming mentally fatigued), I have also just started c25k which is giving me a boost once I have finished a run (definitely not during the runs! 😂)
My energy starts to flag just after lunch so early afternoon ish. I drink lots of water to give me a boost and if I am not at work, I like to get some fresh air with a walk. Both my DC get grumpy when their energy is flagging, I always encourage them to get a drink and have either some fruit or a cereal bar to eat. I often find Sunday morning is a bit of a drag for all 4 of us, so we tend to take our dog out for a walk in the woods and that seems to give us all an energy boost to get on and do something with the rest of the day. I think exercise does give me/us a boost but it is tricky to drag everyone out into the cold/wet with "you will feel better when we have had a walk ...."
I eat oats frequently - either hot oats with some fruit for breakfast or I often make overnight oats (oats, yoghurt, fruit - layered), DC don't like hot oats but do like cereal bars that contain oats.
My mid afternoon snack is the finely milled oatcakes, Lidl's organic peanut butter spread on with banana on top! It is so tasty and gives you a much better boost than chocolate, which I used to crave at that time of day!
I keep a packet of Nairn’s ginger biscuits in my office for when I need something sweet.
Too funny all the references to oats.
My go to pick me up is a glass of Prosecco hiding in the bedroom with some form of Talk Radio. Usually at 7.30pm before i have to start bedtime and I've stuck the kids on the Playstation.
What gives me energy is getting up and doing something, going for a walk, doing some housework, gardening, anything like that. Once I get moving I feel energetic.
Mmmmm - we love some Nairn’s oatcakes! Individual packs are good for after school snacks for the kids - they like cheese or chocolate chip biscuits;much less sugar than other snacks). I like the original or cheese ones with hummus for lunch.
I definitely always feel fuller if I have oatcakes instead of regular water biscuits / crackers. They do stop me flagging as much around 3 - although if I do it’s coffee that will get me through until bedtime!
Some great suggestions on here. Lots on non food ideas; fresh air, exercise, sunshine, loud music, water.
On the food front I usually go for nuts. Pistachio is what me and my 3yo like best.
I always feel full of energy after an early morning workout. Lots of people think getting up at 6am to workout is crazy but it really does give me a boost. If I need a energy boost mid afternoon then sliced apple and peanut butter is my favourite snack.
I usually need an energy boost at about 4pm it's that time of day where it's too early to cook dinner and too late to take my boys out anywhere. I find s kitchen disco before preparing dinner is a good way to shorten the wait until dinner time and when daddy comes home. And it can lighten the mood and drag my boys away from electronics or tv!
I always have a lull around 11am and find myself needing an energy boost. If I'm at work, I get up and stretch my legs and have a coffee with a couple of pieces of dark chocolate. If I'm at home, I find a small nap does the trick to feeling energised
If I've had a bad night (not rare) I often find myself flagging at about 3pm. Sometimes I just need to take some painkillers and sit down with a soothing drink, but sometimes I do feel like I'm not going to make it to dinner time, without feeling a bit wobbly, so I have a handful of nuts. Some days, nice, healthy, unprocessed nuts, but others, only salted peanuts will do!
Is it ok just to say that I love nairn's oatcakes, especially the cheese ones?
Love porridge with golden sultanas for breakfast but I have to say when I'm really flagging in the afternoon it's a sneaky creme egg that keeps me going, I'm still going on the family Easter stash
The fine-milled oatcakes with humous, olives and vine-ripened tomatoes does it for me. That's my go-to late evening snack.
Definitely oats for breakfast, too. I left mine cooking for ages accidentally today while answering a phone call and although the pan took a lot of cleaning the porridge was wonderful.
For me getting out for a walk. Even my DD12 agrees she feels better after a walk. Food wise for DC a banana on wholemeal sandwich. I try to eat low GI so a handful of cashews for me. Either that or a great big bar of chocolate but I always regret the latter
I love oatcakes with cream cheese and a dab of jam for a yummy afternoon pick me up. Music is my absolute energised.. it's gets me out of bed, drives me to work, powers the housework and creates happy times with my kids.
I have my oats at lunchtime, oats, yogurt and berries. Keeps me going through the afternoon and a post work gym session before getting home for dinner.
I get an energy boost from singing in a community choir. By the end of the day I am usually too tired to think, but I drag myself off to choir nonetheless. Two hours later I walk home with a spring in my step, refreshed.
My whole family don't cope well with wheat so we all eat Nairns Cheese Oat cakes for lunch. My son has had a little packet in his lunch everyday since he was 2 and he's now 10! They are such an energy boost.
Aside from food, a walk in the woods really uplift me!
I love how many people on this thread are saying their boost food is oats, as though that will make the oatcake company more likely to pick their comment as a winner! I’m pretty sure the winning posts on these kinds of threads are just chosen randomly.
Anyway, it’s something high-protein for me: a hard-boiled egg, some cheese, Greek yoghurt, or a Peperami.
I don't generally eat until I get home from work at 2pm. I rise very early and find that breakfast makes me sluggish. If I have a lot of housework to do in the afternoon, my preferred energy lunch is oatcakes with onion chutney and slices of strong cheddar, followed by an apple. I also drink a lot of water.
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