We eat to fuel our bodies (okay, and also because food is good!), and what we eat really has an impact. Life is busy and we need lots of energy to get through the day. As far as I’m concerned, it’s always a good time for coffee, but sometimes you have to do a little more for your body and your energy levels. That’s where food comes in, and knowing what to eat for the most energy will help perk you up when you feel like you’re dragging. Here are some foods that give you the most bang for your buck in the energy department:
- Edamame: Edamame are full of iron. Lack of iron in your blood can make you tired and weak.
- Beans and lentils: Also good sources of iron, and loaded with protein to fuel your muscles.
- Nuts and seeds: The fiber in nuts and seeds helps to keep your blood sugar steady, which in turn helps keep your energy levels steady. The magnesium in nuts turns sugar to energy, and the protein keeps you satisfied.
- Brown rice: Digesting the complex carbs in this whole grain give you energy.
- Avocado: With it’s low glycemic index, avocado keeps your blood sugar even, and the potassium it provides will give you a quick shot of energy.
- Honey: A spoonful of honey when you’re feeling tired provides fuel for your muscles.
- Bananas: The sugar and fiber in bananas give you an instant energy boost, but not the kind that makes you crash soon after.
- Apples: The sugar in apples provides quick energy, while the slow to digest fiber keeps that energy going.
- Yogurt: Yogurt contains magnesium, which activates your metabolism to release energy.
- Eggs: Eggs are high in the type of protein utilized by your body to generate protein.
- Tuna: Lots of protein here, too, and also vitamin B, which is great for energy.
- Green tea: Like, coffee, green tea contains caffeine. But in this form it makes you focused and alert without the jitters.
- Oranges: You know oranges are full of vitamin C, which will make you feel less tired within a short time.
- Lemon water: Being dehydrated will sap your energy, so drinking a glass of water is an instant fix. Adding lemon gives you electrolytes for an extra energy boost.
Eating foods that keep your energy levels up will keep you on your game, and don’t get yourself bored by eating the same thing all the time. Keep it interesting, and give your body variety and balance by switching it up.
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