Energy, we all want it, crave it, need it, but most of us feel like we’re running on fumes day after day, especially in the afternoon. The good news is there are many healthy things you can eat, drink, and do to increase your energy stores.
Salmon – Protein and omega 3s come together to fill you up, supply a good amount of energy throughout the day, and keep you feeling your best. That’s because the healthy fats in this fish resupply the brain with important building blocks, improve mood, and protect the heart.
Nuts & Nut Butters – Nuts, like salmon, are packed with both protein and good fats, with just a smattering of healthy crabs. The combinations makes for a great snacking energy boost. Plus nuts have a good amount of B vitamins and vitamins like magnesium, both linked to countering fatigue.
Bananas – Bananas are bursting with carbs, so they aren’t a go-to for Keto, but those not restricting their carbohydrates, bananas, especially not overripe ones, supply a good amount of complex carbs that burn slowly thanks to the fiber. Plus potassium is important for muscle health.
Dark Chocolate – Yes, a treat may be just what you need to get your energy up. A small number of natural stimulants, healthy fats, antioxidants, and some hormone boosters come together in dark chocolate. Eat one small square when you’re feeling low and enjoy the lift.
Avocado – This fruit, yes fruit, comes with healthy fats and fiber, so it satisfies cravings, fills you up, and supplies slower burning energy than its sugary siblings.
Egg – Like many on this list, the humble egg contains a good mix of protein and fats to keep you energized longer. Don’t worry about the yolk either. It’s far healthier than you were taught growing up.
Green Tea – Most of us know how coffee can get us going, but green tea may be better for you in the long run. Full of naturally occurring caffeine, powerful antioxidants, and one potent amino acid (L-Theanine) that makes caffeine work longer for you without jitters or crashes, green tea simply does more. Try matcha for even more benefits with your green tea due to fiber, chlorophyll, extra antioxidants, and even more of this magic amino acid.
Oatmeal – Like bananas, oatmeal is full of complex carbs, protein, fiber, and some solid vitamins and minerals. Try steel cut over rolled for more sustained energy and a more satisfying feel.
Beans & Hummus – Beans, hummus, and lentils are filling while also supplying a good amount of sustained energy. That’s thanks to the mix of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates found in each. All that fiber helps stabilize blood sugar for fewer spikes and crashes. Plus they have iron to combat anemia.
Yogurt – Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, combines proteins and fats in a good way once more. You add calcium for healthy cells and bones, plus the health benefits of whatever toppings you like most. Nuts, fresh fruit, or dark chocolate all work.
Of course, what you eat isn’t all there is to maintaining higher energy levels. Drinking plenty of water helps, as dehydration can leave you feeling slow and foggy. Getting plenty of rest is important too. That’s when the body rebuilds and repairs. Make sure you get your eight plus a night. Exercise matters as well. Our bodies were designed to move, and we tend to feel sluggish when we aren’t fully burning through those metabolic pathways often. Meditation can also help. Try taking a break to listen to music, breathe deeply, and concentrate on yourself when you start feeling that afternoon low. You will come back refreshed and refocused.