If you find yourself hitting snooze one-too-many-times on your alarm clock in the mornings or spending too much time hovering over the coffee pot in your office, maybe your diet is to blame. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up any of your favorites. Rather, Margaux J. Rathbun, the founder of Authentic Self Wellness explains, recommends we add these 7 foods to our diets in order to boost our energy levels (and maybe even our moods too!).
Spinach – This high-energy food is an excellent source of calcium and B vitamins. Its dark color means it’s loaded with nutrients and it has been shown to help give our immune system a boost. Eat it raw or lightly steamed to really obtain all of its health benefits!
Apple – Studies have shown that the phytonutrients in apples can help to regulate blood sugar and prevent spikes sugar levels, causing us to crash and burn. Apples also promote good heart health and good digestion. An apple a day really can keep the doctor away!
Avocado – These are a good source of potassium, a nutrient that has been shown to help regulate blood pressure. Avocados are also a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (including oleic acid), which helps protect against cancer.
Water –It is essential to stay hydrated to help our bodies flush out toxins that slow us down. One of the early signs of dehydration is fatigue so sipping water throughout the day is a good way to stay energized. Go out and get yourself a cute BPA-free water bottle to remind yourself to stay hydrated.
Oatmeal –Oats are a fantastic source of vitamin B complex which is good for your nervous system and for strengthening your bones. They also contain “good fat” which will help give you energy to make it through the day. Oats are also a great source of fiber which will aid in having a healthy digestive system. The more we digest our foods, the better we will feel!
Lemons – Squirt some lemon in your tea or water for a boost of vitamin C, a vitamin that is needed to give us energy during our day. Lemons are great for aiding in digestion and can help with nausea, heartburn, and parasites.
Almonds – These tasty nuts are great for giving us energy due to the fact that they are loaded with potassium and iron. They are also a good source of protein, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and vitamin B2. To obtain all their health benefits, be sure to snack on raw almonds rather than the candy-coated or salted kind!