The food you eat plays an important role in your daily energy levels. In fact, did you know items high in fat and calories leave you feeling fatigued, because they require more energy to digest? Yikes. To stay alert all day long, fuel your body with these foods.
Not a brown rice fan? Give quinoa a try. According to Lauri Boone, author of , the magnesium-rich protein "relaxes blood vessels and muscles," getting rid of pent-up stress while providing you with lasting energy that will fuel you throughout the day.
Blueberries aren't just a delicious — they're also full of fiber, which slowly delivers energy that will keep you revved up for hours after consuming them. Eat them plain or toss them on top of yogurt or oatmeal.
Since this grain is rich in manganese — the mineral that helps produce energy from protein and carbs — it will help you maintain high energy all day. Brown rice can be served as a side dish with your favorite lean proteins and nutrient-packed veggies for a filling lunch or dinner.
A spoonful of honey is nature's equivalent of an energy drink. Low on the glycemic index, this natural sweetener acts as a time-released muscle fuel during exercise and helps replenish muscles post-workout. Add a sweet drizzle to anything from breakfast yogurt to afternoon tea.
Salmon has been receiving a lot of hype lately for its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. But this pink fish also contains protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin — all of which help convert the food you eat into energy. Top a spinach salad with salmon, or serve it with a side of brown rice and veggies.
Packed with protein, manganese, copper, and riboflavin, almonds are a handy snack to keep at your desk or in your bag. Copper and manganese play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body by neutralizing toxins within cells. Riboflavin aids oxygen-based energy production.
Containing the highest complete form of protein in any food (a whopping 97% of it can be absorbed by your body!), eggs provide 30% of your daily value of protein. All of the essential amino acids that your body uses to rebuild muscle can also be found in eggs. You can eat them boiled on top of some avocado toast, scrambled, baked, fried, or as an omelet.
Both a protein and a complex carb, beans are a must for carnivores and vegetarians. Toss a cup into of a spinach salad or enjoy a bean burrito.
With a rainbow of flavors to choose from, yogurt is a healthy breakfast or snack option when you're on the go. It contains magnesium, which is crucial for the release of energy, and will add a dose of calcium to your diet. Enjoy it post-workout to help replenish your glycogen sources.