Work days are long and adulthood is tiring, but there are many foods that you can eat in order to boost your energy levels. We’ve compiled a list here of seven of our favorite “super foods” to help you sail right through each day. Happy adulting!
They’re cheerful, bright, and sweet! Bananas are awesome and they can also benefit you with their complex carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin B6. Bananas are one of our favorite foods that can boost energy.
There is a reason so many of us guzzle coffee each morning. Not only does coffee have a lot of caffeine which can boost epinephrine in the body and brain, but it only has two calories per cup! Of course, it is delicious to sweeten coffee with cream and sugar – which is OK – just not too much.
It is important to remember that, while coffee is great, drinking too much can have negative health effects, including preventing a good night’s sleep. Coffee is definitely a food that boosts energy, but you don’t want to go overboard.
Apples are juicy, sweet, full of good fiber and carbs, and they’re easy to find. Apples are also high in antioxidants which can help slow the digestion of carbs. This makes the energizing effects of apples last even longer!
Remember: the fiber is in the skin of the apple. Eat the skin to reap the full benefits!
Eggs contain protein, leucine (an amino acid), and B vitamins. The protein gives you a sustainable source of energy versus a sugar crash from a donut, for example. The leucine and B vitamins in eggs help your body break down food for energy. Eggs are totally satisfying, too!
Sweet potatoes are not only great for holiday meals. These orange-y beauties contain complex carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, and tons of vitamin A. This can provide you with a steady source of energy, as long as you don’t drown them in sugar and butter.
Hopefully we didn’t just ruin all of the fun. Go light on the flavor additions to your sweet potatoes and you will be able to enjoy them without the guilt.
Compared to white rice, brown rice has a lot more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Believe it or not, brown rice falls low on the glycemic index, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and maintain steady energy levels. Brown rice is easy to find, easy to make, and easy to add to many of your favorite dishes.
They’re the magical fruit – or so we were told growing up. While beans have somewhat of a bad reputation for causing gas, they are a very healthy food! Beans are rich in carbs, fiber, AND protein – what’s not to love? Beans have antioxidants, they fight inflammation, and promote higher energy.
If you find that your tummy has a harder time digesting beans, try adding small amounts to your diet and work up to larger amounts. It could take some getting used to, but you can get your body more accustomed to eating beans on a regular basis.
Balance, Balance, Balance!
An important part of any diet and lifestyle is balance. We can’t seem to stress this enough! If you are trying to stick to a diet or habit that makes you miserable, you will not stick to it. If you add better habits in increments, the changes won’t feel so overwhelming and you will be more likely to hang on to those better habits. Start by making one small change at a time to maintain balance in your life. Add in some of these foods that boost energy, but do it in a way that maintains balance.
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