At Jeca, we pride ourselves on creating all natural, healthy energy bars and cookies. That’s why we’re excited to bring a list of our top ten healthy foods that give you a natural energy boost.
Build them into your diet along with our products and you’ll have bounds of energy to live the life you love.
Oats. Start your day with a bowl of delicious oatmeal made from rolled oats and you won’t regret it! High in fiber and protein, eating oats will keep you energized and fuller for longer. That’s because oats contain beta-glucans, a soluble fiber known to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This helps you keep your blood sugar stable and avoid fluctuations that cause severe energy drops as well as insulin spikes which encourage your body to store fat.
Almonds. Some people are nervous about nuts! They worry that the high fat content means they are bad for you. But the super healthy monounsaturated fats found in almonds are just what your body needs to stay energized and satisfied. A small handful as a snack will give you a quick and tasty mid-afternoon energy boost!
Coffee. We all know that caffeine is a natural stimulant but many do not think of coffee as healthy. While too much coffee can certainly have negative side effects such as headaches, 400 mg per day of caffeine (about 4 cups of brewed coffee - taken without sugar) is perfectly healthy for most adults. Plus there’s more to coffee than just the energy boost. A cup of coffee also a great source of antioxidants and vitamins: B5, B2, B3 and B1.That’s some bang for your buck!
Green Tea. If coffee's not your thing, then try a cup of green tea for your energy kick. Another natural source of good ol’ caffeine, here the caffeine mixed with L-theanine gives you energy without the jitters. Plus there are added health benefits from the plentiful antioxidants contained in this wonderful leaf. Be careful to avoid certain store bought brewed varieties however, as many will contain added sugar.
Ginger Root. Thanks to its calming nature, many incorrectly believe that ginger causes drowsiness or sleepiness. Sure it’s a relaxant, but ginger actually improves circulation and therefore gives you the feeling of having more energy, counteracting feelings of fatigue. Additionally, ginger can help keep blood glucose levels stable. This means, adding ginger to your lunch will help you avoid a mid-afternoon slump and keep you energized.
Cocoa. Yup, that’s right chocolate! In small amounts (keep it to less than an ounce), chocolate is a tasty way to get a natural shot of energy thanks to the antioxidants, caffeine, and theobromine it contains. You want to reach for the dark stuff though, the higher the cocoa content, the more of an energy boost you’ll get. Plus, remember that most brands of milk chocolate are highly processed and full of sugar, negating the nutritional benefits of cocoa. Stick with a few squares of organic dark chocolate though (75% cocoa or higher) and you’ll keep your cocoa intake healthy!
Pine nuts. These tiny salad toppers might be small, but they sure are powerful! They contain many nutrients that help boost energy, such as protein, monounsaturated fat, iron and magnesium. Did you know that 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium and that low levels can lead to fatigue? It’s true and could be the reason you’re feeling tired right now. Next time you’re fixing a salad or pasta dish, add some pine nuts to give yourself a boost!
Quinoa. Often mistaken for a grain, quinoa is actually a seed and is much lauded for being what’s known as a complete protein. As well as being packed with protein, quinoa also contains high amounts of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, riboflavin, and iron. All of which combined mean consuming it gives you a dose of long-lasting energy that will help keep you feeling satiated long after you’ve eaten.
Whole grains. Carbohydrates are a big source of energy for your body but as been much publicized in recent years, not all carbs are our friends. Whole grains are a great way to get your energy fix because they are complex carbohydrates, meaning they take time to digest and raise your blood sugar gradually helping you avoid spikes and energy crashes. Some options to add to your diet include barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, popcorn, wild rice and whole-wheat bread, pasta or crackers.
Water. Ok, so not a food but one of the best and most natural ways to stay energized is to drink water and lots of it. Dehydration is a big cause of fatigue; many times throughout the day when you are feeling tired and irritated it’s down to a lack of fluids. Forget about soda and juices, there are so many other benefits to drinking water, from boosting your immune system to flushing out toxins to improving your complexion, it really should be your go to drink.
So there you have it, our top ten healthy foods that keep you energized naturally. And guess what, the majority of them are what go into our Jeca bars and cookies. So feel great next time you are enjoying our all-natural energy snacks!