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7 Foods to Naturally Boost Your Energy

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We’ve all experienced it before- that groggy feeling in the morning where we practically have to drag ourselves through those first few hours. Or maybe you find it hard to keep your eyes open a few hours after lunch. Whatever the case may be, there are times when we simply need to boost our energy. Coffee, energy drinks, and caffeine pills may be the popular choices for a quick burst of energy, but there are more natural ways to get it.

 1. Lemon Water

It might seem overly simple, but lemon water is a great drink if you want more energy. Just drink a bit of lemon to water, and you’ll get lots of electrolytes for energy production. If you want something more substantial to drink, you can check out the smoothie recommendations on Nu Skin’s YouTube page.

2. Apples

Don’t go for processed sugar if you need a quick boost of energy; you’ll quickly suffer a crash. Apples, on the hand, have natural sugars along with vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients that will help keep you going no matter the time of day.

3. Kiwis

If you’re looking for a citrus fruit, you can’t go wrong with kiwis. They have more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas. Kiwis give you energy with simple sugars and fiber. Try to eat two kiwis each day.

4. Honey

You might not think of honey as an energy booster, but it’s actually one of the best ones out there. Honey works like fuel for your muscles, and its sweet flavor goes well with almost anything.

5. Whole Grain Cereal

You always need to start your day off right with a good breakfast. Whole grain cereal is an excellent choice that will surely give you enough energy to get through the morning. Not only will it boost your energy levels, but it’ll keep them consistent, avoiding the peaks and valleys associated with other foods and drinks. If you choose soy milk it will really help raise energy levels.

6. Dark Chocolate

Finally, you have a good excuse to eat chocolate! Dark chocolate to be more specific. Dark chocolate contains the nutrient theobromine, which is a natural stimulant that acts a lot like caffeine. The large supply of antioxidants in dark chocolate is another healthy bonus.

7. Trail Mix

There’s a reason hikers take trail mix with them when they head out to hike the great outdoors. The combination of nuts and dried fruit gives a steady supply of plentiful energy that lasts for a long time.

These are some natural ways to provide your body with energy when it needs it the most. Feel free to mix it up to give your diet some variety. With these suggestions, you won’t have to feel sluggish anymore.

In Conclusion

Be sure to have these foods frequently if you have severe energy issues. If you still can’t see an increase in energy be sure to download a food app that will help you track what you’re eating. Food journals really help when it comes to dissecting what’s bad in your diet. The visual journal is a great food journal app, the TR90 app is another great food journal app. Energy really does come from what we eat and this is a great start.

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  1. Peter and cats
    Ashley, I happen to agree with you about honey being a useful addition to the diet. And as a long term type 1 diabetic, I'm pretty careful with sugars. But I have noticed that among the more observant vegans, honey is considered non-vegan. Some folks get pretty vocal about it with respect to exploiting bees. Myself, I just can't quite get to the point of considering bees all that sentient, or their treatment with bee keepers as all that abusive. But some folks disagree with me pretty strongly. So how do you feel about maple syrup instead? Different nutrients, but you can sometimes find completely organic minimally processed versions that will retain some of the nutrients from the trees...
    1. Ashley Erikson
      Hey Peter, I love organic raw maple syrup and I think it's one of the most underrated health products available. It's hard for me to say honey is non-vegan though. Honey is not like meat or dairy. It can be like sugar if it's processed. However, it's rich with nutrients and bees naturally give it off. Thanks for the comment, I hope that answers your question.
      1. Peter and cats
        Ashley, I tend to have a similar difficulty, and frankly, enjoy honey. But the hardcore vegan community gets quite vocal about bees and honey because the bees don't just "give it off" as a waste. It's their food supply over winter, and to nourish their young. Harvesting invariably kills a number of bees, and the hive queen is periodically killed and replaced by the beekeeper to keep things managed (I don't know the details of why, but it's done). The honey is replaced with corn syrup for the bees to eat, but it's a very poor substitute, leaving the bees not as well nourished or healthy as they would be eating their own honey. That vocal community doesn't just figure killing animals and eating them, they consider simply exploiting animals to be wrong. As I said, I'm not fully on board with this. Not sure the bees overall are all that worse off, since in trade, they do get care and hives and whatall else the beekeeper may provide for their care. And I'm sorry, while bees are very complex insects, and humans by nature tend to underestimate the capacity of other animals in our habitual need to consider ourselves superior instead of just another of the animal kingdom, I'm still not willing to feel like killing a bee, or a wasp, or a cockroach, or the fleas on my cats, is in any way a violation of the concern for animals I signed onto... But like I said, there are some folks who do go that far... (just look at some of the vegan facebook groups if you don't believe this)


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