Sometimes, you need an energy boost throughout the day. And while it may be tempting to reach for that can of soda or that sugary energy drink, these are not the healthiest ways to boost your energy levels. Get to know 10 superfoods that are healthy and that will boost your energy levels naturally so that you can enjoy them and your improved energy.
Coconut (In All Forms)
What you may not know is that coconut, whether in its natural form, or through coconut water, oil, or butter, can be a natural energy booster. So, grab that bottle of coconut water and get the energy you need.
These fruits that are native to Asia, are natural energy producers when consumed. The easiest ways to get Goji berries in the United States is to drink Goji berry tea or purchase a bag of dried Goji berries. Drink a cup of tea or grab a handful of dried berries for an easy energy boost.
The maca is a root plant that originates from Peru. Originally harvested for its medicinal purposes, maca is a major source of energy. Add it to smoothies or your breakfast cereal and you will notice a big difference.
Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are also excellent energy boosters. With healthy and enriching omega-3 fatty acids, these seeds can give you that jolt of energy you need after lunch to get you through the rest of the day. Not to mention it’s an excellent addition to your gut health diet. Add flaxseeds to your smoothies, salads, or breads or use the flaxseed oil alternative and you will sail through your day.
Not only are blueberries a tasty treat, but they are also excellent energy boosters. With their natural sugars and antioxidants, a handful of blueberries will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Kale is a vegetable full of so many vitamins and nutrients that there is no way you could eat it and not feel energized. Add it to soups, salad, on a sandwich, or eat it plain and you will get that energy you need.
Raw almonds are a great healthy snack or addition to any meal. They contain healthy fats that will give you a little elevation in your energy levels no matter how tired to are.
Chia seeds are very small and very nutrient dense, with potassium, healthy fats, and calcium as well as many other essential nutrients. These make a great addition to salads, sauces, and smoothies.
Oats are a food that are high protein, fiber, and contain large amounts of other important minerals. They also raise your blood sugar gradually and help maintain that elevation throughout the day, preventing you from experiencing that midmorning crash. A bowl of oatmeal in the morning can go a long way to giving you an all day long energy boost.
If you have hit a lull in the day, a lunch of healthy salmon can perk you right up. Full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, this nutrient rich fish will help give you the energizing push you need to finish your day strong.
With these 10 superfoods in mind, you can be sure that you prevent and deal with energy lulls in a healthy, nutritious way.
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