Need a Boost? 10 Foods That Give You Energy
Everyone could use a boost now and then, hell, we could use a boost most of the day it seems. I love my coffee but I also don’t want to drink a gallon of it just to stay awake. Here are 10 Foods that provide your body energy without the caffeine kick to the face.
1. Maca – Maca has a reputation as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer. It increases energy, endurance, oxygen to the blood, and physical strength.
2. Honey – The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.
3. Kombucha – Kombucha has an array of health benefits, one is the high amounts of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are excellent for boosting your immune system and energy levels. My favorite: Synergy Drinks
4. Bananas – Loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, bananas are great for times when you need a little energy boost. Apples are a good choice too and both are easy to carry around for a quick snack.
5. Water with Lemon – Sometimes we experience fatigue because we are dehydrated. Keep water near by and add a little fresh squeezed lemon for some added benefit.
6. Green Smoothies – We all know that eating our greens is one of the best ways to get healthy energy. But why not just drink them! Sometimes it’s easier and tastes better. Try this recipe:
1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 oz.)
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 1/4 cups water or coconut water
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.
7. Acai – Acai is a superfood with an abundance of benefits. It is a great energy booster, helps enhance nerve and brain function, promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and improves endurance.
8. Breakfast – I know that this isn’t a particular food but we all know that eating breakfast is an important start to our day. Start your day with something from this list combined with hard boiled eggs. It will keep your energy levels sustained and will help avoid that 3:00 sugar graving.
9. Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, immune system enhancer, and helps the body absorb iron. Eating citrus fruits regularly will put you well on your way to consuming enough vitamin C, which will keep your energy level up.
10. Seeds – Sunflower, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are full of B vitamins, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and iron, all of which help fight fatigue. Getting more Omega-3 fats is a vital way to boost your energy naturally. They also help to fight hunger, keeping you satisfied until your next meal.