Natural energy boosting foods

What to do if you experience the mid-day slump

Do you ever find yourself suffering the ‘mid-day slump’?  You know that feeling when all you want to do is reach for another cup of coffee or a candy bar to satisfy your inner sugar ‘junkie.’  It’s as if you just want to curl up in a ball and take a nap right then and there.  So what do you do:  go with the unhealthy, ‘quick fix’ option or find a more healthy alternative that will sustain you longer?  Well what if I told you that some healthy alternatives for energy boost were actually rather tasty?  In fact, you may just find the beloved chocolate making my list of energy boosting foods!  So do I have your attention now?

A list for quick reference

I thought I’d list some natural energy boosting foods in order from my least favorite to my most favorite.  Obviously, you may not agree with my ranking and can create your own listing of best foods to grab when in a slump.  In addition, you may want to consider putting your list on a sticky note somewhere in your kitchen for quick reference.  Trust me:  when you feel like you’re ‘deflating,’ who wants to take the time to do the research?  Make it easy on yourself.

So here it goes!

  1. Beans – have complex carbohydrates to fuel the brain and body, as well as has protein to keep blood sugar levels from fluctuating.
  2. Lentils – high in fiber which maintains your blood sugar levels.
  3. Pumpkin seeds – contain protein, good fats, and fiber, as well as magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorus.
  4. Lean beef – great source of protein and amino acids for maintaining energy.
  5. Wild salmon – excellent provider of omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
  6. Green tea – has caffeine, as well as thymine which is a compound that keeps you attentive and sharp.
  7. Quinoa – surpasses other grains in amount of protein and abundant in amino acids.
  8. Whole grain cereal – gradually dispenses glucose into the bloodstream which means unvarying energy levels.
  9. Chia seeds – energy stays balanced due to the overall percentages of protein, fats, and fiber and they are low in carbohydrates.
  10. Trail mix – small servings can sustain energy levels due to the fats contained in the nuts and seeds, as well as high fiber that releases glucose gradually.
  11. Tuna fish – rich in protein and vitamin B.  *the lighter the tuna, the better*
  12. Yogurt – rich in protein that suffices hunger cravings and energizes the brain.
  13. Apples – loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as simple carbohydrates that can give you a quick gust of energy.
  14. Spinach – has amino acids for energy and tyrosine (compound to enhance sharpness)
  15. Blueberries – minimal sugar and abundant in fiber.
  16. Eggs – offer premium protein, as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are beneficial to the heart.
  17. Oranges – abundant in vitamin C which can counteract tiredness within 2 hours.
  18. Nuts – examples include peanut butter, almonds and cashews.  Loaded with nutrients, good fats, and ample protein.
  19. Bananas – has the necessary glucose to give you that much-needed jolt of energy.
  20. Water – dehydration may be the cause of energy depletion.  Drink up!
  21. Dark chocolate – advised to select a small section of dark chocolate with a minimal of 70% cacao which could enhance your focus.

Your cheat sheet to energy sustainability

Now that you have a list of some natural energy boosting foods, you can rest easy knowing healthy solutions for quick energy fixes!  We all get the lows in our day and unfortunately, can’t just stop what we’re doing and take a nap.  People are counting on us whether it be our children or coworkers.  Therefore, we owe it to our bodies to choose the healthiest options available to us!

Here’s to utilizing all the great natural energy boosting foods and living your best life ever!  Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have.

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