Guess what?! Every single food provides you with energy! Anything with calories is burned for energy. Calories = Energy! However, there are some foods with a little bit of an energetic punch that you might want to know about.
- Cinnamon – Notice how I sprinkle cinnamon on just about everything in my instagram stories? Cinnamon is found in nearly every household and is super affordable and accessible to use. The antioxidant found in cinnamon helps to keep blood glucose levels steady for lasting energy. Research also suggests that cinnamon acts as a cognitive enhancer because it contains polyphenols that boosts the brains ability to use glucose which enhances alertness and energy.
- Matcha Green Tea – Matcha contains energizing caffeine, but only about one third of the caffeine in coffee. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine which aids to decrease the caffeine jitters or energy crash you can sometimes get when drinking too much coffee. Research suggests that the synergy of caffeine + L-theanine actually increases energy, enhances alertness, improves focus, reduces stress, and decreases tiredness. Matcha can be used as a hot drink or iced drink. It is also delicious sprinkled on oatmeal, yogurt, soups, or in smoothies. To learn even more about matcha or to try my Morning Glory Matcha recipe, click HERE.
- Citrus Fruits – Oranges, lemons, limes, pomelos, clementines, nectarines, grapefruit, or my favorite sumo oranges, are loaded with Vitamin C. Research demonstrates that Vitamin C slows mitochondrial aging. Younger cells equates to more energy! Snack on oranges, add grapefruit to your breakfast (avoid if on a statin), add lemon/lime to your water daily, or juice an orange into fresh made guacamole. Research even shows that the scent of citrus can give you a boost when energy is low, so feel free to dab some orange essential oil on your wrist.
- Water – Water is the main component of blood and is essential for carrying nutrients to the cells and taking away waste products. If your body is short on fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue. Quick fix – use an app to help you remember to drink more water like My Water & Drink Reminder.
- Leafy Greens – Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, dandelion, romaine, collards, and turnip greens contain a naturally occurring compound called nitrates which helps to improve blood flow. Enhanced blood flow means you’ll benefit from an increase in oxygen and nutrients to all cells which is energizing. Consider adding this Super Salmon recipe on top of your next dark leafy green salad for a well balanced and flavorful meal!