Let’s face it. Life is exhausting. It’s one thing to the next, sometimes without any break. Between work, kids, school, and chores, there’s little time for exercise or other healthy habits. But there’s something you can do throughout the day that requires little effort to get your energy going. Eating certain super foods invigorate your body with energy-promoting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibers, all of which can reduce your risk of diabetes and even cancer.
Here are 7 foods that boost your energy!
#1 – Almonds
Almonds are packed with energy-increasing nutrients, such as manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorus. Magnesium has a multitude of beneficial uses. It accelerates energy production, supports the immune system, helps you sleep better, relaxes your muscles, lowers stress levels, and boosts your mood.
#2 – Hot peppers
Hot peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicin, which causes your body to heat up and burn energy, which also increases metabolism. Research suggests that eating hot peppers, or any food that forces your body to produce heat, can boost your metabolism up to 5 percent. But that’s not all. Studies have shown hot peppers also suppress appetite, improve digestion, and help with fat oxidation.
#3 – Leafy Greens
Greens like spinach, arugula, kale, and broccoli are known to fight fatigue by producing steady energy. They’re bursting with nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as fiber and folic acid. Vitamin C, especially, gives your body a nice dose of antioxidants that help you stay healthy and strong.
#4 – Spices
Many spices offer anti-inflammatory and energy-boosting properties, plus they offer tons of antioxidants. Cinnamon, for example, contains botanical properties that lower blood pressure, fight infections, and decrease inflammation, which improves heart health and boosts energy. Studies show ginger can enhance metabolism up to 20 percent.
#5 – Bananas
Bananas fight fatigue with amino acids, natural sugar, and fiber. Studies show that athletes who ate bananas before their workouts performed just as well as those who had a 6 percent carbohydrate drink. Researchers concluded they’re a great way to keep your body fueled!
#6 – Quinoa
Quinoa is a perfect alternative to pasta, which is packed with carbs and makes you feel sluggish within hours after eating. Instead, quinoa is low on carbs and high in vegetarian protein, which helps stabilize maximum energy levels. It’s also high in iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and fiber, all of which boost antioxidant levels and promote a healthy immune system, which leaves you feeling energized!
#7 – Chia Seeds
Chia seeds maintain stable energy levels, thanks to an optimal ratio of protein, fats, and fiber. Plus, they’re low on the carbs, which is always beneficial. Researcher Carolyn Brown, MS, RD at Foodtrainers on Manhattan’s Upper West Side says, “Chia seeds give you stable energy because of their great ratio of protein, fats and fiber combined with the fact that they’re low-carb. They won’t cause spikes and drops in blood sugar or insulin levels, preventing cravings and overeating later.”
Check out David’s energy boosting recipe below!