For the coffee drinkers of the world, there really is nothing better than starting your morning off with a warm cup of freshly brewed joe. For others, they prefer starting their morning off with green tea or a protein shake, which we definitely recommend, too! However, as the day goes on, we begin to lose a little steam. We eat lunch, we get sleepy and if we're magnesium deficient (which is most likely all of us), we hit a brick wall around 2 or 3 pm and just can't. go. on. (Raise your hand it you can totally relate!)
While it may be tempting to reach for the coffee cup again, or should we even say it...grab an energy drink, think about what you are eating throughout the day that could be causing this slump.
Foods that are high in protein and fiber keep your blood sugar stabilized so you can skip that mid-day slump or the crash you feel after an instant caffeine or sugar rush. Additionally, foods that have a high water content can combat exhaustion caused by dehydration. That's right! Rather than being tired, you could just be thirsty! And last, but definitely not least, a diet rich in B vitamins and magnesium help your body processes run more smoothly, giving you the energy you need to make it through the day.
Though coffee can have its own benefits to your health, too much can be detrimental. Give your coffee pot a rest. Here are a few foods that can help you energize your mind and body naturally:
1. Beans and legumes
Because beans, lentils and legumes are rich in fiber and protein and are packed with important minerals, such as magnesium, squeezing them into your lunch or dinner can be the perfect way to up the energy! (Did someone say "Black Bean Soup"?)
2. Sugar-free nut butters
All-natural, sugar-free nut butters such as peanut, almond, hazelnut or cashew butter are like mini energy providers for your body! Smother it on a few apples slices, use it in a healthy muffin recipe or grab a spoonful as you run out the door. If you can get in these filling fats at least once a day, you'll be giving yourself a small, but mighty, energy boost!
Loaded with rich phenols and antioxidants, berries are packed with fiber and have a high water content...two important components of an energy-producing diet. Eat them raw, toss them into your yeast-free smoothie or enjoy them with a little Greek yogurt. Remember, fresh organic berries provide you with the most health benefits and the least amount of toxins!
What are some of your favorite foods that help you push through that afternoon slump? Tell us in the comments section below!