- Do you feel tired all the time?
- With not enough energy to get through your day?
Then there’s a good chance you may be low on some vitamins and minerals and with a busy schedule you canâ€™t afford to put low quality food used as fuel for your body.
Exhaustion and lack of energy is the primary complaint of people today who have a career and family. Keeping up with exercise routine and other extra curricular activities may seem like too much but the best approach to sustaining and keeping energy levels high to keep exercising and eating right.
Provide your body with foods that contain a whole range of vitamins and minerals, eat small light meals throughout the day rather than three large meals that put strain on digestion causing us to feel sleepy and rob your energy to do anything the rest of the day. Light meals combined with exercise, enough sleep and reduced stress can all positively affect energy levels.
The following is lists of the top ten energy boosting foods that will give you true, lasting energy to keep you alert throughout your work day sustain energy to make it through your day.
Beets – This root vegetable is low in calories and fat, but high in sugar making this an ideal pre-workout food excellent for sustaining energy during workouts. Beets have many benefits including liver supporting properties that are great for detoxification.
Yerba MateÂ – This South America herb is used as a tea and provides natural caffeine without the jitters like coffee. Yerba Mate contains an array of vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants including caffeine which stimulates your mind and body that gives you energy. With the additional nutrition content of Yerba mate mean you are less likely to have jitters, stomach discomfort, headaches, or energy crashes compared to other caffeinated drinks like coffee.
Water- Many of us walk around dehydrated forgetting that simply drinking a glass of water can provide hydration and oxygen into our cells therefore creating more energy for our body to use.
Spinach– Spinach is a great source of iron especially combined with any vegetable high in vitamin C. Not getting enough iron rich foods can cause a condition called anemia, which means your body tissues arenâ€™t receiving as much oxygen as they should be making you feel fatigued.
Watermelon- This thirst quenching fruit is bursting with vitamin C and vitamin A which are major antioxidant that help prevent many health related conditions and inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis. The hydrating effects provide energy to outlast your day.
Quinoa– Although technically a seed, quinoa is source of complete protein. It is also a high in fiber and iron as well as calcium making it great for energy and weight loss.
Hemp- An excellent source of protein and healthy fat that provides a great deal of long lasting energy. Provides more energy than energy bars plus without all the sugar and added ingredients. Great to put on yogurt, salads, cereals and trail mix.
Chia- a super seed and a great source of source of omega-3, protein, soluble fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more. Â It was used by the Incas warriors to enhance stamina and endurance for several hours as well as having regenerating effects. When chia is placed in water, juice, or mixed (whole or ground) into moist foods, it greatly swells and provides hydration for your body.
Bee pollen. Bee pollen gives lots of antioxidants and minerals that provide energy it actually has all vitamins, mineral, amino acid and enzymes needed to maintain life. Full of these antioxidants it helps increase energy and endurance, regulate cholesterol, aids in weight management and may help with skin healing.
Cayenne pepper – has been proven in many medical studies to destroy cancer cells but it’s also good for the cardiovascular system that it raises energy levels. It also enhances