I’m just going to jump right into this post. While there are other foods/drinks that could certainly be added to this list, I stuck with the basics and my personal favorites I use often.
When I see people drinking some of those nasty energy drinks *cough* Monster, Redbull, etc. *cough* it makes me sad. I honestly want to take the energy drinks from their hands and dump out the artificial contents. You don’t need Monsters or Redbulls to get you through your day, nor do you need 20 cups of coffee…
Here are some better options:
There is a reason why we cannot survive without water. It’s essential to our bodies to carry out a number of functions. Dehydration can cause fatigue and leave you feeling drained. I’m one of those people who can rarely go anywhere without having a water bottle handy. The only time I think I can go longer than 1 hour without guzzling some water is when I’m sleeping.
I used to love you oh-so-much. Every morning, I could not go without a visit from you to fill my mug and make my soul happy. But tea is just more my thing now! It’s not you, it’s me. I just lost interest in you after finally giving my heart to tea.
While coffee is good for you (in reasonable amounts), I tend to advise people to drink more tea. Mostly because the different kinds of teas can have so many various health benefits–boosting energy is just one of them. And since tea does have a reasonable amount of caffeine as well, you can always try to switch from drinking less coffee and more tea while still getting the caffeine kick.
My personal favorites include honey chamomile (Celestial Seasonings brand) and mixed berry green tea (Lipton brand).
Trying to add a little protein to each meal is essential to keep your body functioning properly and your energy levels up. My personal favorite choices of lean protein are chicken, turkey, lean cuts of pork, and venison. One example is my recipe for a unique and lean burger: Blueberry Turkey Burgers
Seafood like salmon–my personal favorite–is an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids–important in your heart health. I try to eat sustainable seafood when I can. This year, I was fortunate enough to team up with the Sustainable Seafood Blogging Project–a group of bloggers and companies that promote sustainable seafood practices for our environment and our health. Just click on over to their website below to find out more about the SSBP.
Not sure if the seafood you’re buying is from a sustainable source? Use THIS nifty tool from the Seafood Watch website to find out!
Farm Fresh Eggs
Eggs are good sources of iron and protein to give you sustainable energy throughout the day. Choline is a type of B-vitamin found in eggs that is beneficial for brain function and energy production.
Try to find farm fresh because not only are they better for you, the environment, and even the chicken you’re getting them from, but they also taste FAR better than regular eggs. Trust me, it’s like the difference between imitation crab meat vs. Alaskan king crab fresh from the ocean. Which would you rather have?
Just a little egg humor for you…A bit vulgar. Still funny.
Skoop Protein Powder
I’ve mentioned Skoop’s plant-based protein powder on my blog before. The people at Skoop know what they’re doing–they’ve created one of the best plant-based protein powders out there, in my opinion.
Not only do they have impressive nutritional stats and health benefits, but it’s the only protein powder I’ve found that doesn’t have that nasty chalky taste and texture that usually turns me off from most protein-supplemented foods.
Maca powder, which is sourced from the maca root (similar-looking to a giant parsnip) is rich in B-vitamins. It also helps to balance hormones by stimulating and nourishing the pituitary and glands and hypothalamus.
Every tried “nature’s viagra”?….This is how maca powder has commonly been known because not only is it a great energy booster, but also a natural libido enhancer as well. Maybe you should add a little maca powder to your next romantic night in. *wink wink*
My favorite ways to add maca powder to my daily diet is in my smoothie bowls and oatmeal or overnight oats. Try my recipe for Banana Pudding Pie Overnight Oats, which includes maca powder!
Lots of Fruits and Veggies
Fresh fruits and veggies come into play for helping maintain a healthy, balanced diet. I bet that’s no surprise to you.
Not only do their beneficial nutrients help our bodies function by giving them plenty of goodies like antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, etc., but they are also great sources of natural fiber. The reason fiber is important to your diet for energy balance is to help maintain blood sugar levels so the food you are eating will actually stick with you through the day.
And last but not least, get that booty up off of the couch and add some exercise to your day. Even a short 10-minute, high-intensity workout in the morning or a 30 minute walk before you’re off to work can really improve your energy.
Regular exercise will get your metabolism going and running at it’s best, it increases your hormone levels that act as mood-boosters AND energy-boosters, and it can increase your brain’s productivity levels. Add that to a healthy breakfast before heading off to work and you’ll be ready to take on the world.
Go out into the world with that mentality too–that you’re ready to take on anything. With a smile on your face too. Try it!
What’s your favorite food or drink pick-me-up?
Try any new foods or drinks lately?….I’m always wanting to hear about new foods!