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Top 8 Foods To Boost Your Energy

Brendan Brazier

Posted on October 25 2015

Are you finding yourself reaching for just one more cup of coffee to get through the school or work day? Are you tired of being tired? Instead of relying on stimulants like coffee or sugar for energy, thrive by eating more foods that give you energy through nourishment. I eat these eight foods daily to provide consistent energy throughout the day. 

  1. Hemp Seeds
    Hemp is a superfood by any definition. A complete protein, rich in fiber and Omega-3s, hemp is a great low-glycemic addition to any diet. The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement of how fast the carbohydrates in food are broken down into glucose, and how much it will affect your blood sugar. Fiber, fat and protein all lower the GI of a food, which is why hemp seeds (along with nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes) are low-glycemic. Look for cold-pressed hemp seed oil for salad dressing, hemp protein for smoothies, and hemp seeds to toss onto salads and smoothies.
  2. Quinoa
    This fluffy pseudograin is 20% protein—making it a balanced source of carbohydrates for anyone. It’s gluten-free and rich in B vitamins, which help to convert carbohydrates into energy in your body. Even if you feel like you’re too busy to make homemade meals, quinoa is a fast food that cooks in less than 15 minutes!
  3. Soaked Almonds
    Raw almonds are nutrient dense, and soaking them unlocks higher nutrition potential. Soaking increases vitamin levels in almonds, and removes the enzyme inhibitors that slow down digestion. I soak my almonds in water over night (at least eight hours) and then dehydrate them.
  4. Coconut Oil
    Virgin, organic coconut oil is one of my favorite fats to consume. Coconut oil is made of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are digested in the body like a carbohydrate; effortlessly converted by the liver into energy. I’ll use coconut oil when cooking, or combine it with dates for mid-workout fuel.  
  5. All Dark Leafy Greens
    Kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach and more are an energizing addition to your meals. All dark leafy greens are high in nutrients, rich sources of chlorophyll, yet low in calories. I make salads out of greens several times a day, and always start my morning with a plant-based smoothie that includes at least one cup of greens.
  6. Fresh Fruit
    Although most fruit is high-glycemic when paired with a low-glycemic food (like nuts or seeds), they can keep your energy levels consistent. Berries are the lowest glycemic fruits and can be eaten alone without a negative effect on your energy.
  7. Green Tea
    Caffeine from green tea feels steadier and less jittery than the spike and crash with caffeine from coffee. This is likely because green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea that helps promote relaxation.
  8. Yerba Maté
    Yerba maté is more popular than coffee in Argentina. This caffeinated tea is rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and electrolytes. Many people (myself included) find that it provides a less jittery energy than coffee. I will drink yerba maté hot or cold pre-workout. I formulated Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer with a combination of green tea and yerba maté (as well as low and high-glycemic carbohydrates) for an energizing pre-workout that won’t make you crash 30 minutes into your regimen.

By eating these eight foods regularly, you’ll find your energy levels are higher and more balanced!

Get great energetic recipes in the Thrive Energy Cookbok.

1 comment

  • Dorian E. Stephens: August 02, 2016

    Thank you Venus for your creative collections,their beautiful.Also I really needed to learn about Energy foods and try something new for my diet.In my eafly 50’s I’m having to deal with osteoarthritis and have degenerative bone disease.I was a runner in Jr. high and danced ballet for sixteen years.But after having my children my calcium levels where low as well as energy.I eat lite like a bird.It feels like memopause has slowed me down,so i am going to try these 8 new foods and see how i feel.I’ll let you know.

    Best of luck to our local Palm Beach Gardens girl.who is all grown up.My daughter saw you and Serina one afternoon you both came to speak at Palm Beach Lakes High School.She was very inspired.She is also a good girl.Now a mother to a 7ry old and 2 yr old.finishing her nursing degree.She owns her own home with husband,and worked for Mr.Montgomery in wpb.,after his passing she decided to have her family while she was young.But wishes she would have focused more when she was at school.But now she can have a college degree.So good luck Venus in all you do Ive been watching you girls since you where first killing it here in florida with your Dad.

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