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Use Food instead of Energy Drinks

I am not a nutritionist; you should always discuss your eating habits with a doctor or nutritionist before making changes to your day to day eating habits.  The information provided below was found on line.  Please click the link to the article to see the story in its entirety along with reference notes.

I have read some stories how people are being hospitalized from overdoing energy drinks. We should do some research on how to properly fuel up to increase energy rather than take the easy, convenient road to energy.  Lets look at the foods that can give you an energy boost.  I came across a Newsletter on line:  “27 Foods that can give you more energy.” (click the link to read the article in its entirety.)

  1. Bananas

According to the article, “Bananas may be the best foods for energy. They are an excellent source of carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin B6, all of which can help boost energy levels in your body.”

2. Fatty Fish

“Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are good sources of protein, fatty acids and B vitamins, making them great foods to include in your diet.”

3. Brown Rice

“Brown rice is a very nutritious food. Unlike white rice, it is less processed and retains more nutritional value in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals.”

4. Sweet Potatoes

“…sweet potatoes are a nutritious source of energy for those looking for an extra boost.”  I like to eat  my sweet potato with cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Yummy!

5. Coffee

“Coffee might be the first food you’d think to consume when you’re looking for a boost of energy.”

6. Eggs

“Packed in protein..”

7. Apples

“Due to their rich content of natural sugars and fiber, apples can provide a slow and sustained energy release.”

8. Water

“Water is essential for life.  ……and is involved in many cellular functions, including energy production.”

9. Dark Chocolate

“The antioxidants in cocoa have been shown to have many health benefits, such as increasing blood flow throughout the body.”

10. Yerba Mate’

“Yerba Mate’ contains antioxidants and caffeine. ….”

11. Goji Berries

“Besides being packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this fruit is known to be a good source of fiber.”

12.  Quinoa

“Quinoa is a seed popular for its high protein content.”

13. Oatmeal

“Oatmeal is a whole-grain cereal that could provide you with long-lasting energy.”

14. Yogurt

“Yogurt is an excellent snack to fuel up your day.”

15.  Hummus

“Chickpeas in hummus are a good source of complex carbs and fiber that the body uses for steady energy.”

16. Edamame

“Edamame can be an easy satisfying pick-me-up snack.”  I am not trying to get into a technical debate on Soy products; it made the list so I kept it in the blog.  Be responsible and research the pros and cons on ingesting soy products and how that affects the human body.

17.  Lentils

“…..Lentils are a good source of nutrients and help boost energy levels.”

18. Avocados

“…they’re rich in healthy fats and fiber.”

19. Oranges

“Oranges are famous for their high vitamin C content.  One orange can provide as much as 106% of the RDI for Vitamin C.” “Additionally, oranges contain antioxidant compounds that can provide protection from oxidative stress.”

20. Strawberries

“Strawberries are another good energy-boosting fruit.” “….Besides helping fight inflammation in the body, the antioxidants in strawberries may help fight fatigue and give you energy.”

21. Seeds

“Seeds, such as chia, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds, could also increase your energy levels.” “These seeds are generally high in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.  Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to increased inflammation and fatigue.”

22.  Beans

“….Beans are digested slowly, which helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and gives you steady energy.  Additionally, beans contain antioxidants that can help fight inflammation and promote energy.”

23. Green Tea

“…It has a high concentration of powerful antioxidants that can help prevent oxidative stress and inflammation.”

24. Nuts

“…Most nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashews are known for their high calories and abundance of proteins, carbs and healthy fats.  These nutrients can provide you with a slower release of energy during the day.”

25. Popcorn

“..It’s high in carbs and fiber, which can make it very satisfying and a good option for an energy-boosting snack.”  I like to make popcorn the old fashioned way, so I can control what goes in it.

26. Leafy Green Vegetables

“Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, are excellent sources of nutrients that promote energy.  They are high in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K.  Additionally they are packed with folic acid, fiber and antioxidants that provide health benefits.”  Be mindful how Vitamin K, magnesium and potassium affect certain health conditions.

27. Beets

“…Studies have shown that beetroot may be able to improve blood flow due to its antioxidant content and naturally occurring nitrates.”

I will make an effort this week to steer away from processed foods and eat more whole, natural foods.  I always feel better when I follow natural food, eating habits.  Hope you enjoyed the information and again, always do the research and ask for medical advice if you have certain conditions that will be irritated by foods.

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