The way we eat either energizes us down to our very cells, or drains us. I cannot stress enough the importance of cutting the crap out of our diets. No amount of superfoods can make up for processed food going into our bodies. While this may go without saying, check the overall state of your regular diet if your energy is low. Also, please keep in mind that low iron levels could also be to blame if you’re feeling extra tired and lethargic. Low iron is especially common in women, because of the blood we lose when aunt flo visits.
So, if you’re eating mindfully and consuming wholesome, healthy foods, but an energy boost is needed here and there, try these five natural energy-boosters. Because, seriously—who of us mamas couldn’t use a little help sometimes in the energy department? I know I could, on lots of days!
1.Matcha green tea
This fantastic tea is packed with powerful antioxidants: 17 times the more than wild blueberries, and 60 more than spinach. Matcha is also a fantastic detoxifier and fat-burner, and it gives the mental and physical boost of coffee without the coffee jitters or caffeine crash.
Cacao is amazing. It’s high-fiber, a great source of iron, packed with antioxidants, and stimulates the brain in a unique way to release particular neurotransmitters, providing us with more focus and awareness. I must tell you, though, the good, nutrient-dense stuff is bitter. Like, zero sugar. So I recommend adding it to something sweeter, like a bowl of oatmeal with honey, or maybe some yogurt and granola.
3. Leafy greens
Another nutrient-rich, antioxidant-filled option. Adding leafy greens to your diet consistently is like adding the power of Wonder Woman to your physical stamina. When we nourish our bodies with the power-packed nutrition of leafy greens, we can enjoy better energy levels, a more focused mind, and protection from developing chronic disease. Try adding more kale, spinach, arugula, chard, collards or parsley.
4. Lemon-ginger shots
I’d limit these to one a day, to avoid any stomach discomfort from excessive lemon. This combo, though, is a zingy, cleansing shot that you can quickly blend up and save in a small bottle in the fridge for those times of need! I like to drink mine in the morning before breakfast.
Is this one really a surprise? Probably not. Berries fall under the usual suspects of high-antioxidant, nutrient-dense foods that can be added to various other foods, used in many recipes, or eaten alone as an easy, ready-made snack. Berries are low-glycemic, so they won’t spike your blood sugar resulting in an energy crash. They’ve got a considerable amount of fiber, few calories, and a pretty low amount of sugar. The next time you’re feeling a little sluggish and also a little snacky, try some blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or maybe goji berries.
Have you tried any of these natural energy boosters? What was your experience, and which is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you!