9 Foods to Increase Energy and Boost Metabolism

Tired all the time

Tired all the Time? 9 Super Foods to Boost Your Energy

With the world running on auto-pilot, it’s one of the main reasons most people see a doctor which is to find out how to get more energy. They are tired of feeling tired. Aside from being on the move all the time, our bodies also suffer from the unhealthy food choices we make, the SAD or Standard American Diet which is loaded with caffeine, sugar, dairy and all sorts of processed foods.

One of the most important nutrients need for energy production are the B complex group of vitamins. Being deficient in this nutrient can often be the underlying cause of poor adrenal function which results in poor energy slumps.

To maximize your energy, I have provided 9 energy foods that are loaded with B vitamins, iron, magnesium, zinc and other minerals, protein, enzymes and vitamins.

Sprouts (all types) – these are high energy, life-enhancing foods that help improve, revitalize, strengthen and regenerate your body. They are high in antioxidants, protein, enzymes and fiber. Add them to your smoothies or salads.

Oats – packed with energy, nutrients and they help keep blood glucose levels at an even keel to maintain concentration and alertness. Eat a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast for sustained energy throughout the morning.

Seaweed – sea vegetables or seaweeds are the highest digestible source of all minerals as well as energy boosting vitamins B and C. Try kelp as a seasoning to salads or soups or vegetable nori rolls.

Parsley – it’s not just for garnishment. Parsley is a nutrient powerhouse that contains high levels of vitamin B12 and more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Add to your smoothies, salads and gently brew for a nice tea.

Grains – Grains release sugar slowly and give you a steady flow of energy instead of a quick high followed by a low.

Peaches – This is a high water content fruit and is great at alkalinizing the bloodstream. Peaches are one the best energy fruits because the body assimilates them very easily, giving an instant boost. Add them to smoothies or enjoy by themselves.

Chia Seeds – Despite their small size, chia seeds are packed full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol that helps protect against heart attack and stroke). Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants and full of fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. They can be eaten raw, cooked and added to cereal and smoothies.

Sunflower Seeds – This seed gives you a quick pick-me-up as it is packed with magnesium, iron, copper, protein, vitamin B complex and zinc.

Dark Leafy Vegetables – Noted as some of the healthiest and most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. The range of B complex vitamins, plus the energy nutrients magnesium and iron, can be found in fresh green (preferably raw) vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, spinach and kale.

To keep your energy levels up in the afternoon, reduce your intake of sugary, caffeine, dairy and high processed foods. Opt instead for a handful of sunflower seeds, a Nori roll wrapped around brown rice and vegetables or a peach smoothie, being sure you reach for foods loaded with the B vitamins.