5 Foods for More Energy

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I love food. I mean, after all I am a nutritionist!
But I love food even more because of all the amazing things it can do for us - like boost our energy!

I wanted to share some of my favourite energizing, healthy foods that you can add to your week to help you feel ready to take on the world.

So put down the coffee and energy drinks, and add these to your grocery list instead!

5 Foods For More Energy

1. AVOCADO

As if you needed an excuse to eat more avocado on toast (but you’re welcome).

Avocados are seriously as good as they are made out to be. They are full of healthy fats that help keep our fuel tank full and keep us satiated long after a meal. Fats are slow digesting, which means they can help us avoid blood sugar spikes that cause our energy to crash. Healthy fats are good for more than just your energy - but your skin and hormones too.

Avocados also contain B vitamins, which are super important when it comes to lasting energy. B vitamins are depleted easily by stress, sugar and medications (even hormonal birth control!). So boosting your B vitamins are needed for your best energy.

2. SWEET POTATO

I love sweet potatoes. You can have them tossed in coconut oil to make homemade wedge, thinly slice them and top with greens and eggs to sub for toast, or even put cinnamon on top of mashed sweet potato.

They are packed with energy in the form of carbohydrates, which our body can use quickly for fuel. They are also a real food, which means we’re not processing out garbage contained in other higher carb choices like breads, cereals and other grains.

Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene ( a form of Vitamin A) and vitamin C, which will help you during that midday slump in energy.

3. FISH

Wild caught salmon, mackerel, even seafood is full of omega 3 fatty acids, which are really important in keeping inflammation in check. The more inflammation have - the harder our body has to work - the less energy we have.

They are also packed with amazing protein that will nourish your body and help create energy. B6, niacin and riboflavin are also found in these fish. Easily add to a salad, or serve along side your sweet potato, other veg and avocado for dinner!

4. EGGS

Eggs are super satisfying. They contain protein and healthy fats (make sure to eat the yolks!) along with other nutrients like B vitamins. Be sure to reach for the free range version for healthier eggs. Eggs contain lots of leucine, which is an amino acids known for stimulating energy production.

Try switching up how you eat your eggs to add some variety to your meals!

5. Yerba Mate

This is more of a herbal drink than a food (but yolo). Yerba mate is a native South American plant, known for it’s antioxidant benefits. It also contains caffeine for a nice little boost, without nearly as many cortisol spiking detriments as coffee. You can find this tea in your local health food store in with different blends. Make it a latte with some frothy coconut milk and let me know what you think!

Know of more foods that help boost your energy? What are your FAVs?

Lexie :)