During the cold, blustery days of winter, it can be tough to gather the energy you need to power you through the day. It’s easier to pull the covers over your head in the morning than to get to get up and tackle your daily goals.
Luckily, the foods you eat can give you a big pick-me-up. On the new health section of our website, you can find a number of foods to boost energy. Just click on the lightning bolt! Here are five of our favorites.
1. Chia Seeds
The terrific nutritional power of chia seeds makes them a favorite of health experts. According to Dr. Oz, “They just may be one of the healthiest things around.” Marathon runners and business people also love chia for its energy-boosting benefits. Aztec warriors are said to have carried chia seeds with them in battle and on the hunt, to build their energy and endurance. Try chia seeds in your oatmeal, add them to baked goods, or eat them raw!
2. Goji Berries
A study by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that among healthy adults, goji berry juice increased energy levels, athletic performance, and even a general sense of well-being. Goji berries are mildly sweet and satisfyingly chewy. They’re delicious when added to cereal, yogurt, or trail mix.
3. English Walnuts
Walnuts make a versatile, delicious snack. They’re also full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital to keep your body’s systems functioning: cell division, digestion, and brain activity. Getting these systems running smoothly will help you feel less sluggish and more energized.
4. Sunflower Seeds
Your body needs a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to stay properly fueled, and sunflower seeds contribute nutrients in each of these categories. They’re especially rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and Vitamin E, an important antioxidant. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on salads or eat them by the handful.
5. Organic Acai Powder
On Oprah.com, Dr. Perricone named acai his number one superfood. Acai berries have more antioxidants than almost any other fruit and contain high levels of fatty acids, amino acids, and dietary fiber. Acai powder has a slightly tart, tropical taste and is especially tasty when blended into smoothies or yogurt.
Which foods do you eat to boost your energy?