Have you ever noticed those people? You know the ones we mean. Those folks who somehow seem to have boundless energy that never quits. They charge through their afternoons, while the rest of us are trying desperately not to nod off.
What’s their secret?
Maybe they know about these energy boosting foods. These everyday eats pack the extra punch you need to help you power through your entire day without a crash, or even a yawn.
Almonds are full of protein, and that’s a definite plus when it comes to bumping up your energy levels. But almonds also contain plenty of the magnesium and B vitamins your body needs to convert that protein into energizing fuel.
The first nutrient most folks think of when you say banana is, of course, potassium. But potassium isn’t all the delicious fruit offers. Bananas are also loaded with fiber and the B vitamins your body loves for all-day energy.
Some folks will try to steer you away from coffee for a pick me up. Not us. There are tons of terrific health benefits you get along with your jolt of energy. So if you’re not caffeine sensitive we say go ahead and indulge.
Just be sure to not dump in so much cream and sugar that it’s more like downing a mug of melted ice cream than healthy coffee. A splash of cream should do it.
Can’t handle coffee in the afternoon? Consider tea instead. Black tea and green both have less caffeine than coffee.
Skip the sugary presweetened yogurts, which will just cause a sugar crash later in the day, and grab a plain Greek yogurt instead. Greek yogurt is packed with the protein your body needs to push through the rest of your day. Want something a bit sweeter? Toss some berries or banana slices into the mix.
This Mediterranean spread—which is made with good for you ingredients such as chickpeas, olive oil, tahini (ground sesame paste) garlic and lemon juice—provides just about everything you need to make it through your afternoon including fiber, healthy fats and protein. Grab some carrot sticks or bell pepper slices for dipping, and enjoy.
Not only is kale a nutrient dense superfood, but one of those nutrients is L-tyrosine, an amino acid known for providing the kind of mental energy boost you could really use when the post lunch slump kicks in. Try sautéing some kale in a little olive oil, a few tablespoons of water and a dash of vinegar. Or pick up some dried kale snacks at your local health food store.
This classic belly warmer already has a well-deserved reputation as an energy booster. And for good reason. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which means it gives you sustained energy that lasts for hours and helps keep your blood sugar from tanking on you before you’re done for the day. Just be sure to skip the instant versions and pick a steel-cut variety instead.
Two tablespoons of peanut butter on apple slices, or even right off the spoon, provide the healthy fats, protein and fiber that are so essential to powering through your day.
Surprised? Well it’s true. Regular H2O really can be the energy booster you’ve looking for. It turns out even being a little dehydrated can cause your energy levels to drop. So before you snack have a glass of water. It could turn out to be the only pick-me-up you need.
Stop being envious of the folks who seem to have energy for days. With these simple energy boosting snacks to get you through your day, become one of them instead!