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Best Foods To Give You Energy

best foods to give you energy

Best foods to give you energy. There are times when I just can’t get myself going in the morning, so I reach for a huge cup of coffee. Then in the afternoon, I feel my body starting to crash and I have trouble focusing properly. Often this lack of energy is due to a bad diet. I do my best, but lots of meetings, crazy work schedules and must-attend events don’t always allow me to eat properly.
best foods to give you energy

BEST FOODS TO GIVE YOU ENERGY

Almonds. I have made it a habit to carry around a small container of almonds with me during the day.  Whenever I start feeling my blood sugar drop, I eat about 5 to 10 almonds and start feeling much better. Full of Magnesium, Vitamin E and packed with protein they make for a great energy boost

Dark chocolate. The darker the better (we’re not talking milk chocolate here) and a few squares should do. There’s very little sugar in a dark chocolate, so this is the perfect afternoon treat when you are craving something sweet.

Leafy greens. Many of us have iron deficiencies which leave us feeling sluggish.  Although this isn’t the only remedy, eating a diet rich in leafy greens, especially spinach which is rich in iron, will go a long way to keep you energized.

Greek Yogurt. Packed with protein, yogurt makes for a great breakfast or afternoon snack. Add some fruit and a little bit of honey (low on the glycemic index, it’s great for your muscles pre and post workout) and you have energy in a bowl.

Carbohydrates. Carbs always seem to get a bad rep, but they are essential to brain function. Just choose wisely. Reach for complex carbohydrates and whole grains.

Salmon. There’s a good reason that Salmon is mentioned in every healthy diet plan.  Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, niacin, riboflavin and Vitamin B6, this fish is a ball of energy. When combined with a bed of greens or brown rice, this is a must eat meal for long lasting energy.

Whenever you feel your life spinning out of control, it’s wise to take a look at your diet.  Go back to the basics because when you are feeling good, you can take over the world!

What are some of your favourite energy foods?

 

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24 Comments

  1. Good post. I can directly correlate my energy-level to my food. Raw foods, like vegetables and nuts, give me energy; processed and fast foods deplete me of it. Unlike most people, I don’t get any boost from coffee.

    1. I don’t get a huge coffee boost either but I still like drinking it! I find this time of year it’s tough to remember to eat well so I thought I’d put together this little reminder.
      xo

  2. A Greek yogurt in the afternoon is a must for me! I also notice apples and a little almond butter are great ways to get through the day.
    Tonie
    http://www.toniegirl.com

    1. Oh yes! Love almond butter, it’s such a great food.
      xo

  3. Monique@The Urban Mum

    Ha, ha. I am reading this post as I sip my coffee! I shall redeem myself with my daily late breakfast smoothie – spinach, cucumber, parsley, lemon, mint, apples, berries, ginger, 1/2 banana, oats, seeds. That does the trick until mid afternoon (then it is time for the dark chocolate ). Unfortunately the silly season just makes it harder to stay on track, the irony is that it is so busy this is when we need it. Happy Sunday! X

    1. Your smoothie sounds amazing! I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with a cup of coffee it’s just all the sugar people pack into their cups.
      xo
      styleontheside.com

  4. My favorite healthy energy booster are nuts for a snack, carrots & honey & lime salad, curd cheese and tea. 🙂
    Right now i’m a “exotic fruits” trip. Pomegranates, passion fruit, star fruit and the well known papaya & mango. Probably my body is saying: Hey i need my vitamins. 😉

    1. Okay that’s it, I’m coming over to your place! I love exotic fruits!
      xo

  5. I love dark chiocolate , almonds and salmon!!!!
    Your posts are always so interesting Caroline!!!!
    Love, Paola.
    Expressyourself
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    1. Thanks so much! I love those foods too.
      xo

  6. Very nice post.
    Thanks for the tips***

    Love,
    Vanessa Ribeiro
    http://nessabyvanessaribeiro.blogspot.pt/

    1. My pleasure, thanks for stopping by!
      xo

  7. Now I’m in Nigeria, I’m eating healthier as my area is not littered with convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants etc. I’m now eating a lot from the green family- spinach, broccolli…I guess those are my favourite healthy foods! Speaking of Greek Yoghurt, I love to have that with heated chocolate, almonds, raisins etc! x

    1. Mmmm, that sounds fantastic! I find that whenever I’m not eating out I always tend to eat better!
      xo

  8. tnks so much about this article so usefull

    1. My pleasure, hope it helps.
      xo

  9. Thanks for sharing!! I’m starting to eat healthier and I’ll definitely be trying these out!

    ohmystyle.co.uk

    1. That’s fantastic!
      xo

  10. I love everything listed here!! Nom nom! Processed foods are so bad for me.. once I eat one thing I will autmatically crave more and more and then the more I eat the more groggy I feel!

    ~Eneshai
    http://thebeautifulcloud.blogspot.ie/
    xxx

    1. That’s exactly what happens to me. I start to eat processed foods and they put me to sleep!
      xo

  11. you named so many of my favorites! I love salmon, nuts to snack on, eat greek yogurt daily and love dark chocolate. unfortunately I do also reach for simple carbs a lot so need to do better

    1. I think we all do….. it’s just a matter of finding a good balance!
      xo

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