Food to Eat for Energy


Green Tea

If you want a drink that will give you energy and has many health benefits, have a cup of green tea. It contains a very high level of antioxidants that fight cellular stress and inflammation. Green tea also contains caffeine and L-theanine.

This amino acid moderates anxiety and jitters that often come with caffeine. The combination is known to increase focus, alertness and mental concentration.

Green tea also increases fat breakdown, releasing more energy, and assisting with weight loss.


Coffee

Coffee offers an energy boost through caffeine. Some people have problems drinking coffee later in the day or get very jittery after drinking coffee. That is a result of increased epinephrine, the fight or flight hormone that your body releases when under stress.

Try not to add sugar and cream/creamer to your coffee, especially if you are trying to lose weight. They


Yerba Maté

Yerba maté is a South American drink with a lot of health benefits. Like green tea and coffee, yerba mate contains antioxidants and caffeine. It also stimulates epinephrine but doesn’t seem to give people the jitters.

There is research that suggests that yerba maté enhances mental focus, memory, mood, and physical activity.

If you have time, try the next few foods as an energy enhancing meal.


Protein

Start with proteins like salmon, eggs, or beans. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and reduce fatigue. Salmon contains B vitamins that increase red blood cell production, reducing fatigue.

Eggs are a perfect meal because they offer protein, amino acids, and B vitamins with a relatively low-calorie count.

Beans are plant-based protein. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that boost cellular energy productions. They are digested slowly, keeping your blood sugar stable, and give you steady energy.


Add a Whole Grain

Add a side of quinoa or brown rice. Quinoa is a seed that is high in carbohydrates but has a low glycemic index. That means that the carbs are absorbed slowly and offer a sustained energy release.

Brown rice contains the fiber, vitamins and minerals stripped from white rice. Like quinoa, it has a very low glycemic index. Brown rice also contains a lot of manganese, an element that helps break down carbs and proteins.


Throw on Some Veggies

Add a leafy green salad or a side of sweet potatoes to your energy meal. Leafy greens like spinach are high in antioxidants, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folic acid and vitamins A, C, E and K. These work to replenish depleted iron stores and widen blood vessels for better blood flow.

Sweet potatoes are slowly digested and contain manganese to help produce energy. They also contain vitamin A, important in immune function and cellular communication.


End with Dark Chocolate

End your meal with a square of dark chocolate (not milk chocolate!). Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and caffeine. Some of dark chocolate’s effects include increasing blood flow and enhancing mental energy and mood.

All in all, dark chocolate reduces mental and muscle fatigue.

A square of dark chocolate is far better for you than a candy bar and you’ll feel satisfied with less. If you don’t have time for a meal, try some of these snacks.


Apples

Grab an apple for a quick and lasting boost from the carbs and fiber. Like other foods on this list, apples are rich in antioxidants that enhance digestion and releasing energy for an extended period. Make sure you et an apple, not applesauce or apple juice.

Applesauce has benefits, but not the peel that contains most of the apple’s nutrition. Juices are high in added sugars and low in fiber, making them the equivalent of a candy bar in terms of nutrition.


Oranges

Oranges are another healthy pick-me-up. One orange contains more than 100% of the RDA for vitamin C as well as antioxidants. Vitamin C deficiency is implicated in chronic fatigue and helps to fight adrenal fatigue.

Eating an orange when you are tired offers you a quick burst of sugar and follows it up with nutrients that help you recover from stress and exhaustion.


And of course, Greek Yogurt

Chow down on some Greek yogurt that offers 40% less sugar and twice the protein of regular yogurt. The sugars break down easily, offering you instant energy. The protein then is broken down more slowly for a lasting energy boost.

Greek yogurt’s vitamin content, mainly B2 and B12, help your cells to produce energy. Greek yogurt is a great way to fuel your body quickly and with lasting effects.

Conclusion

If you need some quick energy, grab something that will reenergize you and then keep you going. Make sure you drink a big glass of water first and then either drink green tea or black coffee.

Adding a high protein like salmon or beans over quinoa or brown rice and some healthy fruits and veggies will keep you going for a long time, both mentally and physically. All the foods in this list are very good for you on many levels.

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