How To: Get an Energy Boost

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It’s an experience that’s all-too familiar: the midday slump. Droopy eyelids and a wandering mind don’t exactly make for a productive afternoon. Instead of exerting what little energy you have to check the clock every five minutes, take some time to munch on healthy, energy-boosting foods local nutritionist, Dawn Jackson Blatner, swears by.

  • Mango: This super fruit is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. “A quick tip when you’re picking it is don’t choose it by it’s color, choose it by its feel,” Dawn says.
  • Green Tea: Opt for this instead of coffee. The caffeine is gentler but still works as a great afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Edamame: Packed with iron and vitamin C, this snack is quick and easy for those on the go.
  • Avocado: Avocados are chock-full of B vitamins such as B6 and folate, which has been linked to cognitive enhancement.
  • Kale: “This has nitrates in there which opens up your blood vessels and makes you feel more alive,” Dawn says. Try it in chip-form to satisfy munchy cravings.
  •  Walnuts: Pop these for a healthy dose of Omega-3.
  • Yogurt: A single serving of yogurt is loaded with energizing B12. Eat Greek yogurt to get your protein in and help tide you over until dinner.
  • Cinnamon: This spice helps regulate blood sugar levels, which help with energy. Sprinkle it on yogurt for an extra boost.
  • Dark Chocolate: “The good news is it has a lot of magnesium which is a mineral that’s great for energy,” Dawn says.

 

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