While chocolates, sugary foods, and energy drinks do give you a quick boost of energy, your body cannot maintain it and causes you to “crash.” Therefore, the following foods can’t only give you the energy you need, but they can also maintain it for a longer period of time, without causing a drastic energy drain afterwards.
1 – Sweet Potatoes
While sweet potatoes contain similar amounts of carbs to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and many other vitamins that maintain high energy. Additionally, sweet potatoes are rich in fibers that slow down glucose release and slowly release energy for longer periods of times. Therefore, sweet potatoes would make great potato substitutes.
2 – Honey
According to womansday.com, “a spoonful of honey is nature’s equivalent of an energy drink.” Although honey is sweet, its glycemic index is low and it therefore maintains a steady energy release. However, it is important to note that the purer the honey is, the better it is for your health.
3 – Almonds
Almonds contain manganese, riboflavin, and copper. Furthermore, their skins are rich in fiber. Besides, according to the same source above, “copper and manganese play an essential role in keeping energy flowing throughout the body by neutralizing toxins within cells.”
4 – Foods rich in protein including salmon (or other oily fish), beef, chicken, etc…
Protein-rich foods don’t only keep you full for longer, but they also energize you. Salmon especially is high in omega-3, “vitamin B6, niacin and riboflavin -all of which help convert the food you eat into energy.”
5 – Fruits
Fruits including bananas, apples, oranges, and many others contain naturally occurring sugars such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose, all of which energize you and maintain high energy due to their fiber levels.
6 – Yogurt
Lactose found in yogurt and milk boosts your energy and slows its absorption due to its high protein amounts.
7 – Beans
Beans are not only rich in fiber, but also in proteins, making it the perfect combination to maintain high and long energy levels.
8 – Eggs
Eggs are extremely rich in proteins; in fact, womansday.com says eggs have the “highest complete form of protein in any food” since “97% of [protein] can be absorbed by your body.” Eggs can therefore easily replenish your energy and set you back on your feet.
Lastly, while these foods do aid in increasing energy levels, it is important to keep a balanced meal plan and drink plenty of water.
Also, it is best to avoid sugary foods, beverages, and energy drinks, as your energy levels will keep fluctuating and suffer as a result. Rather, substitute them with the healthier natural sugar alternatives mentioned above.
By: Luma Kudsiova