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Eat These Foods For A Natural Energy Boost

Did you resolve to cut back your coffee consumption in 2016? Looking for alternatives to coffee for a quick energy boost? These healthy foods can help increase and sustain your energy throughout the day.

Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been around since 3500 BC and got their name from the Mayan word for “strength.” Back then, they were praised for their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time. Their recent popularity shines a light on its superfood abilities. One tablespoon contains 5 grams of protein, a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and the antioxidant quercetin.

Up your intake of chia seeds by adding them to your oatmeal or yogurt, or include it in your smoothies, baked goods, or even your pasta sauce.

Oatmeal
There’s a reason people eat oatmeal in the morning. Oatmeal offers quality carbohydrates that are stored as glycogen and act as brain and muscle food. Because oatmeal is a whole grain cereal, it also provides soluble fiber which slows down carbohydrate absorption to maintain blood sugar levels.

If the idea of eating oatmeal every day sounds boring, try changing it up. Try adding new toppings like dried fruit, fresh berries, eggs, nuts, or stir in some cinnamon or nutmeg.

Crimini Mushrooms
B vitamins are essential for energy production, and crimini mushrooms deliver an abundant supply. Slightly firmer and browner than white mushrooms, crimini mushrooms contain riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, folate and vitamin B6.

To incorporate these energy-boosting gems into your diet, try adding them to stews, soups, stir-frys, or salads.

Tea
Black, white, oolong, and green tea contain L-theanine, an amino acid that creates an alert yet calm state. L-theanine can pass through the blood-brain barrier within 30 minutes, has been successfully used for the treatment of anxiety and improved concentration and focus.

With tea, you can also get a slight caffeine boost (without succumbing to drinking coffee). If you’re looking for tea with the most caffeine, you should go with black teas, but be sure not to drink it too close to bedtime. If the caffeine interferes with your normal sleep routine, your energy levels will surely be negatively affected.

Eggs
Eggs provide a great source of iron, zinc, and protein. There are six grams of high quality protein in an egg that help to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized and includes the amino acid leucine, which is an important part of protein synthesis. Eggs also contain B vitamins that aid in energy production.

To increase your protein intake, have one whole egg plus one or two egg whites (an egg white contains 3.6 grams of protein). And eggs aren’t just for breakfast – try adding a sliced hardboiled egg to your salads or sandwiches.

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