Top 12 Foods High in Energy to Keep You Going Through the Day
Some of the foods provide slow-releasing energy from healthy carbohydrates, which are the body’s main energy source. Others contain a range of important vitamins and minerals involved in cellular energy production processes in the body.
Good quality protein sources are also included, as these are needed for maintaining body tissues, including muscle.
Oatmeal is one of the best sources of slow-releasing energy from low GI complex carbohydrates, to keep you going all morning. Also a great source of B-vitamins, which are needed to convert food into energy.
Spinach is high in iron, magnesium, and potassium. Iron transports oxygen around the body, needed for energy production. Magnesium plays a vital role in energy production, and together with potassium, is important for nerve and muscle function.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates, along with iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed for transporting fats into the cells of the body for energy production.
Fats such as olive oil, nuts, and oily fish, will help you feel full and keep you from over-snacking.
Fruits provide natural sugars, which are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for an instant pick me up (but without the ‘sugar crash’ you get after eating refined sugars). Fruits are also high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
6. Green Tea
Green tea contains some caffeine for an energy boost, but without the ‘jittery’ side effects of stronger caffeine drinks, such as coffee. Furthermore, green tea may also help lower cholesterol.
Nuts are energy dense due to their high content of healthy fats. They are also high in vitamins and minerals. Soaking nuts in water overnight ‘activates’ them (starts the germination or sprouting process) increasing the nutrient value even more and making them easier to digest.
Soybeans are high in protein, B-vitamins, copper, and phosphorous. Copper and phosphorous are involved in converting food into energy and releasing it into cells so it’s available for use by the body.
Fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of complete protein, B vitamins, essential fats, and vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can cause low energy, muscle fatigue, and low mood.
10. Seeds (Squash and Pumpkin Seeds)
Seeds are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and minerals involved in energy production – including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Zinc is needed for the production of hormones in the body that affect energy and mood. It is also important for muscle recovery after exercise.
11. Natural Yogurt
Yogurt contains live bacteria with many health benefits including regulating the immune system, improving digestion (so that more energy-giving nutrients are absorbed) and possibly even improving mood.
Dehydration is one of the fastest ways to feel your physical and mental energy levels drop. Even mild dehydration of 1-2% can affect mood, energy levels, and ability to concentrate. Drink 8 glasses per day to keep your energy levels up.