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5 Natural, Healthy, and High Energy Foods

5 Natural, Healthy, and High Energy Foods


Whether you’re looking for a pick-me-up in the afternoon or just want to make energy boosting foods part of your regular diet, you can be sure that making natural and healthy selections will be better for you in the long term. There is little wrong with having a soda or energy drink every once in a while for a quick burst of alertness, but usually they wear off just as fast as they get you going. Choosing high quality, high energy foods will keep you going longer and benefit you more in the long term.

What characteristics should you look for when scouting out foods that will give you energy? Unfortunately, it isn’t a cut and dry selection process. There are several variables that factor into whether a particular type of food will increase your energy level, including what you’ve already eaten that day. The main factors to look for are complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and high levels of vitamins and nutrients such as fiber, iron, and calcium.

You will probably want to avoid highly processed foods that are labeled as energy drinks and foods. The problem with these widely marketed energy drinks and supplements is that they’re nutritionally deficient. They may temporarily boost your energy due to high sugar and caffeine content, but the sugar will quickly wear off and may leave you more deflated than before. In addition, they provide no nutritional value to benefit your health long term.

The following list contains natural energy foods that will not only increase your alertness and productivity in the short term, but also give you the long term benefit of a diet with robust nutritional content.

Water

Most Americans are constantly in a state of dehydration. Due to the large consumption of soft drinks, alcohol, and other unhealthy drinks, Americans don’t drink nearly enough water. The long standing recommendation is to drink six to eight glasses of water per day for the average sedentary adult. Anyone who leads an active lifestyle will need even more than that.

After getting enough water for several days, you’ll feel a huge impact on your energy levels throughout the day. Drinking enough liquids should be the first step to conquering your afternoon drowsiness.

Bananas (and other fruits)

Bananas are composed primarily of various natural sugars. These will give you an immediate energy burst when your digestive system processes them. In addition, bananas contain solid levels of fiber and iron which are helpful to the body in numerous ways.

All common fruits are heavy in natural sugars, so they can provide the same spark to your energy. Unlike the processed sugars in energy drinks, your body can quickly utilize these natural sugars while also absorbing the other natural vitamins and nutrients that the fruits contain. Although a diet completely composed of fruits would have some nutritional holes, they’re great for a snack at any time of the day.

Soy Milk

Soy milk is a disguised energy food. A lot of people just think of it as a milk replacement, but it is an amazing drink in its own right. It is naturally high in protein and fiber and naturally contains a variety of nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. In addition, it is fortified with a variety of other vitamins including a slew of vitamin B varieties which are known for energy and mood improvement.

Drinking soy milk regularly has also been shown to have several important health benefits, mainly a reduced risk for osteoporosis, various cancers, and several chronic diseases. A glass of soy milk can quench your thirst and your body’s needs. Processing these nutrients can immediately brighten your mood.

Quinoa

This is perhaps nature’s perfect food. The term is tossed around a lot, but quinoa has to be in any discussion of the sorts. It is one of the few natural, complete proteins not derived from animal sources. It is a complex carbohydrate at heart, so the caloric energy gained is long term. High in fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, you should be desperately trying to fit quinoa into your diet whenever possible. I don’t think further explanation is really necessary as to why this will give your energy level a boost.

Nuts

A varied selection of nuts can give you an energy boost as well. They generate a long term benefit because they contain a slew of healthy elements. Healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants are naturally occurring in tree nuts and make them one of the best foods you can find.

Bonus! Coffee and Tea

They didn’t make the list of five because they are so commonly thought of as energy boosters. The list needed to be comprised entirely of healthy energy foods, which coffee and tea seem on the edge of. Although they can both be made of all natural ingredients, usually people fill them with less healthy additives like cream and sugar. They’re naturally low in any kind of carbohydrates, so any energy benefit that you get is entirely from the caffeine. This is both a positive and a negative aspect. It won’t help your nutritional intake for the day, but then again, it doesn’t fill you with junk calories like many snacks do.

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