Boost your daily energy level by filling-up on the right foods.
Foods that supply nutrients and calories that burn efficiently provide you more energy throughout the day and can be a mood booster. These same foods that boost energy keep your blood sugar steady, triggering feel-good brain chemicals.
Want a little boost in your step today? Fill up on these foods:
Carbs are the body's preferred source of fuel, plus they raise levels of the feel-good chemical, serotonin. Pick whole grains like whole-wheat bread and brown rice. Avoid sweets, which cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, making you feel tired and moody.
Cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, and Brazilian nuts are rich in protein; magnesium, a mineral that plays a key role in converting sugar into energy; and selenium, a mineral that’s a natural mood booster.
Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey are sources of protein that include the amino acid tyrosine, which boosts levels of two brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine) that can help you feel more alert and focused.
Fiber helps keep your energy steady throughout the day. Many people don't get enough fiber. You can fix that by eating more beans, whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally full of water and will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Studies suggest even mild dehydration slows your metabolism and zaps your energy. Snack on apple wedges or celery, for example.
A little bit of dark chocolate can boost your energy and mood. That's because of the caffeine in chocolate, along with another stimulant called theobromine.