The 7 Best Foods for Energy

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Adequate energy is directly related to adequate nutrition and adequate rest. If your energy levels are low, don’t reach for an energy drink, the best approach is to start with your diet. Some of the most basic and readily available foods provide nutrients that are full of high quality, sustainable energy. Some of these foods can give an immediate energy surge while others bestow a sustained, long-term energy increase. In addition to energy, the following seven foods offer incredible health benefits!

1. Beets and Beet Juice

Beets are an excellent source of folate, manganese, and vitamin C. They also contain phytonutrients called betalains which possess antioxidant properties that can help detoxify the body. And, especially for athletes, they have even been found to provide incredible energy support. A study evaluating the effect of beetroot juice supplementation reported increases in stamina and energy by 15% during severe-intensity exercise. [1]

2. Quinoa

This gluten-free grain from the Andes contains more protein, fatty acids and antioxidants than other grains. Quinoa is rich in the amino acids lysine, methionine and cysteine, and also an excellent source of folate, magnesium and manganese. Its unique blend of carbohydrates, proteins and phytonutrients make it a highly nutritious and ideal food for energy support. [2]

3. Nuts

Nuts are a great source of nutrition and the nuts you want to specifically look for are walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, and pistachios. In addition to providing high quality protein, they also contain carotenoids, phenolic acids, phytosterols and flavonoids. [3] These highly bioavailable nutrients promote physical and mental well-being, helping the body sustain higher energy levels.

4. Eggs

Protein dense and packed with fatty acids needed for proper brain function, eggs also contain essential vitamins and minerals. Biotin, a necessary nutrient for energy metabolism, occurs naturally in raw egg yolks. (Once you cook it, it will break down, so you want to eat poached or over-easy to get the best biotin content.) A 2010 study found that men who ate eggs for breakfast enjoyed more consistent and higher energy levels than those consuming a breakfast based on carbs. [4] Remember to look for certified organic, cage-free eggs to ensure you get the most nutrition and fewest toxins.

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