Remember the good old days when you could burn the candle at both ends and all it took to keep you rolling along until bedtime was an extra afternoon coffee?
These days it can take a bit more than that to make it through even an ordinary day. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to being asleep before the sun goes down, either.
Take your energy boosting game beyond coffee
Are you already fitting in some stimulating exercise at least three days a week? How about putting in a good seven, or more, hours of quality sleep most nights?
If you answered yes, but still find yourself dragging before the end of the day don’t despair. There’s still one more energy boosting trick you can try.
And it doesn’t require you to gulp down gallons of caffeinated coffee in the afternoon, which can keep you up at night.
It turns out snacking on one (or more) of these six, delicious energy boosting superfoods could give you that extra get up and go you need to power through the rest of your day.
1. Dark chocolate:
Let’s jump right in with everybody’s favorite energy boosting food, chocolate.
Now you don’t need me to tell you that munching on some delicious dark chocolate can put a smile on your face. But it turns out it doesn’t just lift your mood; it raises your energy levels too.
Dark chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine. But it’s another ingredient, theobromine, that’s responsible for most of this treat’s energy boosting power.
Theobromine is a natural stimulant which is similar to caffeine. But it doesn’t come with the jitters a mid-day cup of coffee can cause. Just don’t overdo it. A square or two tops is all it takes.
When I say vitamin C, the first food to pop into your head is probably oranges. And it’s true, citrus fruits are a good source of this important vitamin. But they aren’t the best one. In fact, ounce for ounce strawberries are a better source.
Packed with vitamin C, strawberries help turn fat into the energy you need to get through your afternoon slump. For a delicious treat, melt a little dark chocolate and dip.
Just be sure to stick to organic strawberries. Unfortunately, these tasty berries are one of the most contaminated with pesticides when grown conventionally.
Spring, and loads of fresh asparagus, are right around the corner. Which is great news if you find yourself in need of a little energy boost.
Asparagus is an excellent source of energizing B vitamins. Your body use the Bs to convert the carbs you eat into the fuel you need to keep going no matter what your day delivers.
Pineapple is another good source of energy boosting vitamin C. But that’s not the only reason to snack on a few cubes of this tasty fruit. Pineapple is also a good source of iodine and manganese.
Iodine supports a steady energy burn. So instead of spikes and crashes there’s smooth sailing all day long. And the mineral manganese is essential for energy production.
5. Lemon water:
Skip the sticky sweet, artificial energy drinks which can cause energy spikes and crashes, as well as the jitters. Sip on Mother Nature’s energy drink instead: lemon water.
A cool glass of homemade lemon water helps boost your energy in two ways.
First, you need to stay well hydrated in order to maintain your energy levels. Nothing leads to fatigue faster than dehydration. And nothing hydrates better than good old H2O. Second, the essential electrolytes in lemon juice are the perfect fuel to produce extra energy at the cellular level.
6. Peanut butter:
Almond butter or cashew butter may seem more grown up, but any of the nut butters—including the peanut butter you loved as a kid—provide healthy fats, protein and fiber. And these are three of the most important ingredients for all-day-long energy.
Just be sure to stick to the all-natural versions. Otherwise, you may end up accidently loading up on energy-sapping sugars and unhealthy added fats.
Don’t resign yourself to being ready for a nap by the middle of the day. Recapture your get up and go, and still sleep well at night, with these delicious energy boosting foods.
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