The 7 most energizing foods

The 7 most energizing foods

Don’t feel like your energy levels throughout the day are quite up to par?

Check out these 7 foods to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis that have shown to provide a little extra oomph in your day.

Coffee and black tea

Honestly, this is probably a no-brainer since we all know that caffeine can boost our energy levels. Keep the added sugars, creams, and fats to minimum, however.

Also, try to limit yourself to under four cups of a coffee each day, to avoid unpleasant side-effects such as jitters, insomnia, upset stomach and dizziness.

Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and leucine – two important nutrients that may help with that aforementioned oomph.

Protein breaks down slower in our bodies than simple carbohydrates, giving us a more sustained level of energy.

Legumes

legumes

Legumes, such as black beans, lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans, are good sources of B vitamins, fiber and protein. One of vitamin B’s major roles in our body is to help convert food we eat into energy. Fiber, same as protein, breaks more slowly in our bodies providing more lasting energy.

Salmon

Salmon, like most fish, is a good source of B vitamins, protein and healthy fats. This nutrient combo is perfect to aid in satiety from the protein and fat, as well as provide the metabolism benefit of B vitamins.

Barley

One-hundred percent whole grains is another key food category for energy. As opposed to simple carbohydrates, which may give you a short boost of energy and then a potential crash, complex carbohydrates, such as barley, have the potential to digest slower, therefore providing more lasting energy.

Related: The best foods to combat fatigue

Spinach

See how strong Popeye gets when he crushes a can of spinach? (Okay, definitely dated myself there.)

But spinach has always been thought of as the food to give us strength and energy. Besides the B vitamins, spinach is a good source of iron. And for those individuals lacking in this nutrient, they may develop anemia, whose side effect is often fatigue.

Raspberries

Raspberries have one of the highest fiber amounts, with 8 grams per cup. Because fiber is a slow-digesting carbohydrate, it’s beneficial to include with meals for more energy.

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