Top energy foods: 7 healthy alternatives

If you feel lethargic and lacking in energy, you may be making the mistake of consuming  supermarket candy bars, cereals, or ‘energy’ drinks for a quick boost, all of which are loaded with unhealthful chemical additives.

Alternatively, The Global Healing Center provides a short list of top  plain whole foods noted for their nutritional and energy-boosting qualities.

  • Coffee is rather controversial among natural health experts as a quality energy food. But the fact is, it is loaded with antioxidants, and studies have concluded that coffee drinkers have better longterm energy than non-coffee drinkers. This is particularly true of those who drink their coffee black or sweetened only with honey, Stevia or pure maple syrup.
  • Like chocolate? Then take heart. Chocolate is good for you–not commercial candy bars, mind you, but pure dark chocolate found in health food stores. It is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants and aids brain function and blood flow.

  • Eggs are another often maligned health food. How many recipes have you seen that call for omitting the ‘unhealthful’ yolk? The truth is that egg yolks are protein and omega-3 fatty acid-dense. Egg yolks contain an essential acid called biotin that is necessary for energy metabolism. The more eggs are cooked, the less the biotin. So if you are not into consuming raw eggs in milkshakes, cook lightly for more energy. Numerous tests have shown that men who consume eggs consistently for breakfast have substantially higher energy levels than men who start their days with breakfast cereals and other processed carbohydrates.
  • Spinach and other green leafy superfoods are great energy boosters. They are full of vitamins A, C, K and the necessary minerals calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium–all highly bioavailable for bodily absorption.
  • Walnuts and other nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamias, Brazil nuts and pistachios are a great way to start the day. They are full of high quality, energy-giving protein, as well as containing  plentiful carotenoids and phenolic acids. Have a few for breakfast, along with some organic fruit for longlasting energy.
  • If your early morning cravings call out for a grain, try quinoa, the most nutritious grain on earth. It is gluten-free and loaded with amino acids, fatty acids, folate, magnesium and manganese. It is a complete food, providing you with carbs, protein and phytonutrients.
  • At the top of the list–beets! Long known for their nutritional richness, beets, chock full of folate, vitamin C, minerals and, phytonutrients are the most plentiful ingredient in high quality supplements. Beets are incredible body de-toxifiers and energy supporters, and studies have shown time after time that athletes taking beet juice  supplementation increase their stamina and energy by 15 to 20 percent.

So try avoiding those convenient chemical and processed innovations and stick to lots of water and good, whole food if you want to improve energy naturally.