Need an Energy Boost? Try These 7 Ingredients
Feeling a lack of energy after your workout? Instead of reaching for coffee or energy drinks, opt for a more nutritious approach to keep your energy levels up. Try these seven ingredients for a mid-morning or post-workout energy boost.
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If you feel drained after a long run, weight lifting session, or yoga class, you might be low on magnesium or B vitamins. Almonds are packed with both, which means they can help cure fatigue and improve your concentration. Try them in a Honey Almond 8 to the bar, a snack bar free from refined sugar and filled with energy boosters like almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Like tiny powerhouses filled with nutrients, fatty acids, and fiber, seeds are surprisingly energy-packed. Add chia seeds to yogurt or salad, enjoy hemp seeds in a smoothie, or munch on pumpkin seeds in a crunchy trail mix.
Low iron levels are a common cause of fatigue and low endurance in women. In fact, iron deficiency is a real problem for about 10 percent of women from 20 to 50 years old. Many people resort to red meat and other classic iron-rich foods to increase their levels, but studies show that greens are actually one of the greatest sources of iron. The next time you're feeling fatigued, go for some wilted greens or a spinach salad.
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If you prefer your greens in liquid form, you're not alone. Healthy juice and smoothie combinations have never been more popular, but not all of them offer the same nutritional benefits. Go green with a blend of celery, kale, spinach, and cucumber. Finish it off with a bit of ginger and a spritz of lemon for an eye-opening kick.
If you're stuck on eating an apple a day to stay healthy, you may want to rethink your snacking routine. Many health experts believe that instead of the same fruit each day, it's best to eat a variety. Stick to superfruits like cherries, oranges, blueberries, and strawberries for a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and natural sugar.
The perfect package of good fats, omega-3s, Vitamin E, and fiber; walnuts are a great mid-morning or late-afternoon snack. Since it's easy to overdo it on nuts, portion out about one ounce ahead of time or enjoy them in a natural, wholesome 8 to the bar, made with healthy nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
Looking for a rich, savory option to curb your snack cravings? Hummus is one of the easiest, yet healthiest options. Standard hummus is deceptively simple, as it's made with just chickpeas, tahini, and a little olive oil and lemon juice. Chickpeas make you feel full, stabilize your blood sugar, and provide an energy boost. As an added bonus, hummus is best enjoyed with fresh veggies, so you can sneak even more nutrients into your afternoon snack.
The next time you're feeling peckish after a long day or an intense workout, be sure to reach for a healthy snack. Try these seven foods to give yourself a natural boost of energy when you need it most.