10 Energy Foods
Feeling sluggish? Get an instant boost with these natural and easy food solutions.
“Guarana is a small round red fruit commonly used in supplements and beverages to boost energy, and increase stamina and physical endurance,” says Dr. Lindsey Duncan, celebrity nutritionist (he’s worked with Tony Dorsett and Reggie Bush), naturopathic doctor and co-founder of Genesis Today superfood products. “Guarana’s energy boosting benefits come from its seeds, which are the richest natural source of caffeine, containing about 2.5 times the amount of caffeine found in coffee. They also contain theophylline and theobromine, which counters the over-stimulating effect of caffeine and makes it ideal for long-term use to boost energy.” Energy Tip: “Visit your local health foods store and asking for a truly all-natural energy shot with no sugar added, "My favorite is the Genesis Today Organic Acai Pure Energy Shot which combines the guarana with Acai and B-Vitamins for a truly powerful burst of energy,” Dr. Duncan says.
“Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that contains more protein than any other grain or rice. The grain is so rich in amino acids, that it is considered a complete source of protein, high in lysine, methionine and cysteine—ideal for post-workout meals to help build muscle. It is also high in folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, making it a nutrient-packed source of carbohydrates for long-lasting energy levels,” Dr. Duncan says. Energy Tip: Quinoa is a great replacement for wheat or refined carbohydrates as it can help support a healthy cardiovascular system, blood pressure levels and bowel health. Simply switch out a grain, like bread, rice or pasta, for quinoa and feel those energy levels rise, Dr. Duncan recommends.
9. Pumpkin seeds
“A handful of raw pepitas or dry roasted pumpkin seeds can give you a natural jolt to power through a workout. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, healthy fats and fiber, keeping you feeling full and energized longer,” Dr. Duncan says. “They also contain manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, which provide additional energy support to maximize gym time.” Energy Tip: If you don’t want to keep the pumpkin seeds handy, another way to get these benefits is to get a supplement that contains pumpkin seed oil. Dr. Duncan recommends the GenEssentials Superfruit Oil 3-6-7-9 Blend found at Whole Foods.
10. Goji Berries
“Energy boosting goji berries have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to help increase energy and enhance the release of hormones. Goji increases the body’s ability to handle stress and support healthy mood, mind and memory—all while giving you the get-up-and-go energy needed to get your workout to the next level,” Dr. Duncan says. “Goji is also beneficial for increasing blood flow, which helps to oxygenate all of the cells and tissues of the body, including the sex organs, which increases libido—that’s why they call goji the ‘Viagra of China.’” Energy Tip: “Get goji in liquid form as liquids are more easily assimilated into the body—you would have to eat hundreds of times more dried goji berries to get the same benefits,” Dr. Duncan says.