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Healthy Energy Boost

Is there anyone who is full of energy all of the time? Who hasn't experienced highs and lows throughout the day? For our daily boost we often turn to caffeine-filled drinks like coffee or sugary things such as chocolate bars. While they may achieve the desired effect, they're not the best choice. For one, they're not very good for us and the energy they provide doesn't last that long.

Healthy Energy Boost with Food

We are not denying that snacks can give us the energy we need. We are saying that there are certain foods that can give us a healthy energy boost that won't end in a crash. The next time you find yourself without energy here are some healthy foods to try.

Bananas are a perfect nutritious snack when you're on the go. Not only are they portable but they also taste great. Bananas will provide energy when you need it the most. They are rich in carbohydrates and they also contain a lot of potassium.

Whole-grain cereals contain large amounts of fiber. Not like simple sugars, the carbohydrates contained in these cereals will provide energy gradually. Instead of a massive yet short burst of energy, you'll get a moderate amount of energy that lasts several hours. When there's not enough time for a bowl of cereal, bran muffins are a good alternative. They provide a lot of fiber and carbohydrates.

Nuts are wonderful energy boosters and not just any one kind. All types of nuts are perfect for this. Nuts contain carbohydrates, protein and fat. This will provide you with both quick and long-term energy increases.

Peanut butter crackers are high in fat and protein. The crackers contain carbohydrates. Combine the two and you have a great energy-boosting snack.

Trail mix also contains nuts, with their multiple sources of energy. Don't forget the dried fruit which packs plenty of fiber and carbohydrates into one small and easily transportable package.

Spinach contains a lot of iron and it also provides a number of essential vitamins. A lack of energy, particularly in women, can be attributed to low iron levels.

Yogurt contains a lot of magnesium. Magnesium is a key player in energy production. Magnesium also helps in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates.

Dark chocolate contains less sugar, fewer calories and more beneficial antioxidants than milk chocolate. Yet, dark chocolate still provides the same energy-producing compounds found in milk chocolate. Keep in mind it is still best to consume dark chocolate in moderation.

Now the next time we need a little extra pick-me-up we don't have to run for the coffee maker. There are healthy alternatives that will give us the boost that we need to keep going. Unlike with a caffeine rush, we won't feel worse than we did to start with later on.

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