Perhaps you’ve run out of coffee and are looking for a quick pick-me-up. Maybe you’ve never enjoyed coffee but still need something to help you get going in the mornings. Or maybe you realized that your two-cup-a-day schedule has morphed into a 5-cup-a-day addiction. Whatever the case, you’ll still need a boost. Luckily, there are plenty of snacks and bites out there that can amp up your energy without giving you the shakes. Click on for more.
Have you heard the story of President Obama diligently counting out his almond snack in the evening? Even if it’s not exactly true, Obama has the right idea. A handful of almonds (or any kinds of nuts) will give you the same amount of energy as coffee. They’re also full of healthy fats and proteins and keep your blood sugar from crashing – so you won’t hit that 11 am (or pm) wall.
More than helping you fight off a cold, oj and its ever-helpful hit of vitamin C can also give you the same effect as coffee. The vitamin helps circulate oxygen through your body and into your brain, boosting your energy. True story.
Go ahead and sprinkle some powerful antioxidant laden berries into your morning and afternoon yogurt. The antioxidants help neural pathways keep up the good work, meaning you’ll stay awake and feel more alert.
Not all sugar is made equal and not all sugar is bad for you. Processed sugars, like the type found in chocolate, will make your blood sugar spike and then spiral. Naturally occurring sugar, like what’s found in dates, will give you a steady and long lasting boost. They’re also full of fiber, so you’ll feel fuller longer.
Say hello to nature’s Gatorade. Watermelon is refreshing and delicious, and also packed full of B Vitamins and electrolyte potassium. This will help you stop feeling tired after a marathon morning workout / school drop off / meetings and deadlines / soccer practice / dinner on the table / did you walk the dog? type of day.
So who knew, beans are actually good for you! They’re high in protein and fiber and yes fat (but the good kind). Most importantly, they’re low on the glycemic index, which means they don’t drastically increase blood sugar levels (causing that sugar high and crash). Beans are slow and steady, so you’ll have the same amount of energy all day. Coffee can’t do that.