It’s no coincidence that when you eat delicious and fulfilling comforting food, you tend to get in a relaxed state that can cause you to drift off at any giving moment. As the popular saying goes – you are what you eat. So, on those days when you have to wake up at 5 a.m. to get your kids ready for school, prep for that big presentation at work, pick up groceries on the way home and proceed to transform those groceries into a nice dinner, you’ll definitely want to avoid the heavy comforting foods and grab something that can both satisfy your hunger and provide you with some energy to make it thorough your day.
Instead of opting for espresso shots or other highly-caffeinated drinks, try snacking on superfoods instead. Trust me when I say, they’re called superfoods for a reason. They’re healthy, flavorful, nourishing and are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, minerals and electrolytes but are lower in calories. So, if you’re feeling a little drained and it’s barely noon, pick up some of these delicious superfoods to boost your energy levels to help carry you through the rest of your day. Best of all, these foods can be found just about anywhere and are great when you’re on the go.
Probably the most versatile food on this list, chia seeds can be added to just about anything including smoothies, yogurt, milks, juices, or cereals to help boost your fiber intake. When soaking chia seeds in liquids, they absorb liquid equal to about 10 times their weight and create a gel-like substance. Chia seeds are very rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, omega-3 and 6 and are also a complete protein rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium and iron, which are all helpful with boosting your energy. Additionally, this snack is really convenient while traveling and you can either eat it alone or mix it in with some berries or a salad.
Avocados have higher concentrations of B vitamins, magnesium, vitamins E and K and beta carotene – nutrients that support and sustain your overall health and help balance your energy. Also a good source of healthy fats, avocados help with improving your metabolism and because they’re packed with potassium, they can also help with lowering blood pressure when included with a healthy diet.
These powerful antioxidants are packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, iron and is a great source of fiber. Try mixing kale into a salad with other greens or bake them in the oven to make crispy kale chips.