Need More Energy? Eat These 10 Foods.

Can't seem to get yourself through the day without a caffeine boost? Skip the sugary sodas and try adding some new foods to your diet. The Every Girl recently teamed up with nutritionist Keri Glassman and came up with these 10 different foods will help to raise your energy levels so you can get the most from your day!

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Water: Water, water, water - you hear it everyday, but for good reason! Our bodies are about 60% water so yes, this means your skin, muscles, and brain are mostly made of water. Proper hydration is key to a healthy body! Good ole H2O is the way to go when it comes to beverages. Studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and reduce your energy. Keep hydrated with water and avoid “hunger for thirst.” Remember, you should drink at least eight glasses of water per day. A few tips to help up your water intake:

  • Add lemon or orange
  • Add basil, mint and cucumber
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Switch up flat for bubbly water

Nuts, Seeds, and Oils: Fear the jar of peanut butter or bag of almonds? Just because these crunchy treats have a higher fat content doesn’t necessarily mean we shouldn’t be eating them. We should be! They are healthy fats and your bod loves them. Just remember, use portion control and you’ll feel satisfied for longer so you’re not grazing all day long. Just 1 ounce of almonds (23 almonds) is packed with protein (6 g) and contains minerals (magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium). Trust us, fat is your friend! You need fat nutrients to stay satisfied and to burn excess fat. If you aren’t eating nuts and nut butters at snack or mealtimes, use a little coconut or avocado oil when cooking. Ways to up your healthy fat content:

  • 1 handful of almonds on the go
  • 2 teaspoons of peanut butter on apple slices
  • Mash ¼ avocado on Ezekiel bread toast
  • Sprinkle chia, hemp, or flax seeds on your morning yogurt or toss into a smoothie
  • Stir fry with coconut oil

Greek Yogurt: The Mediterranean is famous for both healthy and delicious eats, but Greek culture certainly wins when it comes to knowing what to do with yogurt. Greek yogurt is higher in protein and lower in sugar and sodium than traditional yogurt. Greek yogurt will keep you fuller longer and that makes your belly happy. Stick to 2% plain or whole fat and add your own drizzle of honey or splash of vanilla or cacao. This is an easy, on-the-go breakfast option if you are running out the door -- and it will keep you going until lunch! Remember Greek yogurt can be used:

  • In quick breads, cakes, muffins, pancakes, sweets, and baked goods
  • As a great meat marinade or dip base with veggies
  • For a quick and easy dessert -- dip blueberries into Greek yogurt and freeze

 Try incorporating greek yogurt into these 15 tasty recipes for a natural energy boost!

Bananas: Bananas are the most popular fruit in America (too bad they aren’t red, white, or blue). Bananas contain essential vitamins that provide natural energy and the best part? They don’t need to be dressed up! A plain banana with a slab of nut butter is an awesome snack as bananas provide a lasting energy boost without the common crash. One medium banana has 105 calories and is loaded with electrolyte potassium (422 grams) so keep them close. Ways to incorporate bananas in your meals:

  • Make a sweet farro or quinoa salad with sliced bananas
  • Spread nut butter for on top for a protein packed snack
  • Freeze them for a refreshing snack
  • Use them while baking and cut out some of the flour

Lean Protein: Protein is such a talked-up nutrient in the media that many of us are always worried about getting enough. In reality, most of us have too much protein in our diets! There is at least a little protein in many things we eat and we really don’t need that much for our bodies to function properly. But, when choosing what types of lean protein to eat -- choice wisely! Protein is needed for many bodily functions including cell maintenance and repair, blood clotting, and production of antibodies. Lean protein is also important for energy, and provides satiety so we don’t overeat between meals. Good protein choices:

  • Baked salmon with lemon and fresh herbs with salt and pepper
  • Grill a grass-fed beef burger, nix the bun, and have a sweet potato instead
  • Add a hard-boiled egg to the side of your A.M. green juice
  • Grab a handful of walnuts at the same time you grab an apple

What other foods will give you an energy boost? Read the rest of the article on The Every Girl.