How To Increase Energy: 5 Ways To Boost Energy With Diet

What To Eat For Energy

By Jessie Leventhal

We’ve all had days where there just doesn’t seem to be enough caffeine in the world to lift us our of our drained, tired, over-worked fog. Thankfully, you don’t need an expense account at Starbucks to increase your energy levels. Rather, with a few easy diet changes you can boost your energy, say bye-bye to the coffee jitters and feel better than ever!

5 Ways To Increase Your Energy With Your Diet

Down Whole Grains!

Why we love them… They are a good-for-you, guilt-free carb and unlike refined grains (white flour, white rice, white bread…etc), which tend to have less nutrients and fiber, whole grains are packed with both of those essentials! They also boost our serotonin level, which is a well-known contributor to feelings of well-being.

How they boost energy… Whole grains are absorbed more slowly than most other grains, keeping the blood sugar and energy levels stable for longer.

Snack On Cashews, Almonds & Hazelnuts!

Why we love them… Not only are these nuts super yummy, but they are also packed with protein and heart-healthy nutrients.

How they boost energy… These nuts contain a significant amount of magnesium, which helps to convert our sugar into energy. In fact, past research has shown that magnesium deficiency can drain your energy.

Eat these to boost your metabolism too!

Pack In The Protein!

Why we love them… Whether it’s skinless chicken, lean turkey, beef,  pork, tofu or low-fat dairy, all of these foods provide us with excellent sources of protein that will keep us feeling full for longer.

How they boost energy… Not only will their protein keep us from fading out mid-afternoon, but also the lean meats also provide us with both tyrosine, an amino acid known to boost levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, which help you feel more alert and focused, and also contain vitamin B-12, which has been said to combat insomnia and depression.

Eat fibrous Foods!

Why we love them… Fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans…what’s not to love? Fiber helps keep you regular and it also can help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

How they boost energy… Because fiber slows digestion, it provides us with a more stable and steady supply of energy throughout the day.

Drink Water!

Why we love it… It helps quench our thirst, keeps our skin clear, keep our digestive system flowing, prevent illness…the list goes on!

How it boosts energy… Simple! When we’re dehydrated, we get tired. Even the mildest form of dehydration can slow down our metabolism, leaving us feeling drained.

How to spruce up your water!