The Best Mood-Boosting, Muscle-Building Foods For All-Day Energy

Are you fuelling your body for maximum gains?

This post is sponsored by Doppio Zero |

Working out daily but not getting the results? Hungry, grumpy and feeling worn out? You might not be fueling your body properly. Here’s how to boost your energy, improve your mood and maximize your training – with your diet.

Training in the dark cold mornings of winter can be tough and requires that little bit of extra exertion to get your ass to gym in the mornings. Your body is also burning more to keep you warm throughout the day and along with icicle temps comes germ heaven. So we get it. A lot of people feel pretty run down this time of year. While training is a great way to boost your mood and lift energy levels, it’s crucial to make sure you’re getting in all the nutrients you need to repair your muscles, boost your immune system, lift your mood and give your that edge you’re looking for.

Doppio Zero has launched a brand new FRESH menu for spring, which features tons of nutritious breakfast and lunch options that will keep you fuelled and energized all day.

Help your muscles recover

Don’t skip breakfast – especially if you’ve had an early morning sweat session. It’s crucial to get in the right amount of protein, to help those muscles repair and heal and to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Get your healthy grains and a variety of protein sources, like quinoa, egg, peas and extra veggies – which can all be found in Doppio Zero’s Salmon Grain Bowl – to kickstart the day.

Doppio Zero’s Salmon Grain Bowl – Photographer Marsel Roothman

If you’re plant-based, go for a tofu scramble, like Doppio Zero’s Mushroom Tofu Scramble, which comes with tomatoes and red pepper, for an extra boost of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Mid-day slump hitting you hard?

While you might be blaming your 5am rise to get your training in before work, a midday slump could be due to not eating enough protein at lunch time. To combat this and to make sure you still have a productive afternoon, eat enough protein and veg to boost your energy. Doppio Zero’s Turmeric Chicken Salad with celery, roasted beetroot, mange tout and baby marrow will definitely hit the spot. Or try the Tikka Butternut Curry, full of immune-boosting spices such as garlic, chilli and onion.

Doppio Zero’s Tikka Butternut Curry – Photographer Marsel Roothman

Stay hydrated

With temperatures rising and summer around the corner, it’s important to make sure you’re taking in the right amount of liquids. To double up on nutrients and hydration at the same time, add a freshly cold-pressed juice with ingredients such as a carrot, celery, pineapple and ginger to help you detox from the weekend, or a juice with turmeric, orange, lemon and honey to support your immune system in periods of stress. Because no one wants to be that guy sneezing in the weights section.

Add a power shot to your meal plan

A busy work week with loads of meetings and commitments can throw your healthy diet down the toilet – we know. An easy way to boost your nutrient intake and keep you performing the way you want to be? A power shot! Try Doppio Zero’s OGA for a boost of vitamin C, thanks to the orange and grapefruit.

We all live a little on the weekend, but come Monday, you might need a little bit of extra help with detoxification… Try the activated charcoal shot with lemon and mint, which helps aid the body’s natural detox processes.

Get your grub on!

Doppio Zero’s new FRESH menu is now available at stores countrywide and runs until Sunday 21 October. Available for breakfast and lunch only. For more information and a full list of Doppio Zero stores in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape, visit

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Want a FRESH experience?

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