Almonds are a rock star among healthy, energy-boosting foods. They are rich in Vitamin B and magnesium which help convert food to energy. When your body is low in magnesium, you can tire quicker from exercise due to the lack of energy metabolism. Insufficient Vitamin B can cause fatigue, irritability, and make your concentration lag. A good serving of almonds is 1 ounce, which is generally around 23 nuts.
Popcorn also pulls rank when it comes to superstar snacks. Its whole-grain carbohydrates provide sustained energy and its richness in fiber prevents the blood sugar crashes that happen from refined or simple carbohydrates. Popcorn keeps you satisfied longer because it’s a whole grain–much better than its chip and cracker compatriots. Maintain its healthy nature by using coconut oil or avocado oil to make it on the stove. Don’t bother with the microwaved version. That version has ALL kinds of nasty chemicals.
Salmon knocks it out of the park when it comes to nutritional benefits. You may have heard it referred to as “brain food” and this is due to its richness in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 improves memory, decreases depression, enhances mood, and boosts energy. The buck doesn’t stop there. These healthy fats will make your heart happy by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol.
Kale is chock full of nutrients. It has made its way into the limelight as a star player when it comes to superfoods and is incredibly versatile. It can be used in salads, soups, and can be tossed into anything from omelets to pastas. Kale is rich in the amino acid L-tyrosine which will increase your mind’s sharpness and heighten your energy. Its antioxidants with fiber will also leave you satisfied and keep your blood sugar stable.
It’s not unusual to ample amounts of hummus in grocery and health foods stores. This Mediterranean dip can be used as a spread on a variety of snacks and dishes and uses the simple ingredients of garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. All of these components possess energy-boosting nutrients. The garbanzo beans are oozing with fiber and protein which stabilize blood sugar, curb hunger, and increase energy. If you are using hummus as a dip, opt for nutrient-rich veggies such as carrots or pepper sticks to make for a power-packed afternoon snack.
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Hi! I’m Robin, the founder of Healthy Nest Nutrition. I am a board-certified holistic nutritionist in Denver, Colorado. My passion is helping people find the right diet for their bodies and then showing them how to make healthy nutrition doable and delicious!