Health & Wellness

The 4 Best Foods For All-Day Energy

By Tawnya Manion | August 5, 2013

Photo: Boz Bros

Photo: Boz Bros

Energy, we all want it, but sometimes getting that extra boost from a cup of joe or a concoction in a can leaves us with an afternoon slump. Instead, switch to nutritious, whole foods to help you stay vigilant through-out the day. Energy boosting nourishment is packed with nature’s natural revitalizers such as omega-3 fatty acids and B-complex vitamins. To rev up your engine and avoid feeling sleepy midday add these four stamina inspiring foods to your daily diet. 

Salmon: This bright pink oily fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, an essential vitamin for keeping energy levels high through out the day. If you experience afternoon lows pack this fish in your lunch. I like to add left over salmon to an Asian-inspired salad of brown rice, edamame, green onions, greens, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and a touch of brown sugar.

Dark chocolate: When eating chocolate for pep, be sure it’s the darkest variety you can find. The sugar in milk chocolate will only lead to a crash in energy shortly after you devour it. However, the cacao in a dark bar provides nutrients that naturally fight stress and boost vivacity.

Melons: If you start to feel sluggish, it could be from dehydration. Melons like cantaloupes, honeydew, and watermelon all contain an average of about 90% water, which fights fatigue by keeping you hydrated. Add diced melons to your daily routine to have on hand as a snack, or keep it interesting by making a salad of watermelon, feta, mint, olive oil, and salt.

Walnuts: These little nuts are one of nature’s few sources of melatonin, a hormone that the body produces in the evening to help regulate sleep patterns. When the physique sleeps more soundly, you have more get-up-and go in the mornings. Add a mixture of dried fruit and pinch of salt to these nuts for a handy treat or put walnuts on your lunch-time salad.

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