If you’ve already had three cups of coffee or energy drinks just aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of options for boosting your energy. These high energy foods will help you plow through the toughest parts of your day whether you’re a morning person or a night owl.
We’ve chosen foods that are easy to find (and pronounce: there’s no quinoa here). You can store many of these snacks at work in your desk, and they don’t require much prep work. Have one of them each day of the week to vary your diet and keep your tastebuds happy.
Why they’re good for you – Almonds are a good source of protein, fiber and even calcium. They won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar levels, and they also contain healthy monounsaturated fats.
Serving Suggestions – You can add them to salads, trail mix or other foods if you don’t like their taste alone. Cashews and pistachios are good substitutes for almonds in case you’re not a big fan.
Why they’re good for you – Blueberries are one of the best “brain foods” out there. The antioxidants in them are especially helpful in improving memory, and they’re an easy thing to snack on out of the carton or in a bowl.
Serving suggestions – If you want to dress them up a little, try them in a bowl of lowfat or skim milk. When they’re not in season, frozen ones will offer the same benefits at a reduced price. They are Exhibit A for eating boldly-colored foods to get enough nutrients in your day. (Dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes and other veggies also fulfill that requirement.)
Why it’s good for you – Oatmeal and other whole grain cereals are great choices in the morning to give yourself sustained energy. The soluble fiber in oatmeal makes it the best option for a boost at breakfast that will last a while.
Serving suggestions – Mixing fresh fruit or spices into plain oatmeal will be an even better choice than pre-packaged flavors and will give it a better crunch too!
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Why they’re good for you – One of the most powerful energy combinations is protein and fiber. A peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread will give you plenty of both, and the fat will keep your blood sugar stable.
Serving suggestions – Using crunchy peanut butter will give the sandwich more texture.
Fruit And Cheese
Why they’re good for you – Carbohydrates also work well with protein to offer you an extra jump in your step. Having apple slices with some low-fat cottage cheese gives you the right balance to increase your energy.
Serving suggestions – Swap the cottage cheese for some low-fat Greek yogurt or a few slices of low-fat cheese to switch up your routine but get the same benefits.
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