5 Easy Energizing Foods

These 5 Easy Energizing Foods will keep you charging it all day long with out the dreaded crash from caffeine. They are simple and you can integrate them throughout your busy day.

Below is one of my favorite recipes for a delicious homemade energy bar. Of course it’s quick and easy.

Enjoy!

1 GreensEnergizing Foods

Dark leafy greens may be one of the most energizing foods on the planet. They actually have the capability to store sunlight. How’s that for energy! They breath like we do, only opposite. They inhale our waste, carbon dioxide, and exhale our life, oxygen. This photosynthesis happens with chlorophyll which our bodies use as a super nutrient, and is very similar to our hemoglobin. It’s like we were made for each other! (wink)

Most people do not eat enough greens. Including myself if I’m not paying attention. They should be eaten abundantly throughout the day as a part of every meal. Which really isn’t that hard. You can put them in smoothies for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. Enjoy bountiful, dark colored salads as a meal or with a meal. You can also have fun getting creative preparing quick tasty meals and snacks with them.  Try to consume a variety of dark leafy greens like kale, collards, swiss and rainbow chard, spinach, and so forth so you get to benefit all they have to offer.

2. Coconut Oil

I’m sure you’ve been hearing the rave about coconut and coconut oil, and there’s good reason for it! It’s comes with a list of nutritional and health benefits. It’s a great source of healthy fat, it speeds up metabolism, it’s great for our skin, hair, mouth, brain, cells, nerves and it’s easily digested so we can utilize its gifts. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids, the best source we know of after a mother’s breast milk. Our body uses this as fuel to produce energy. It’s one of those good fats that the body uses to produce energy rather than storing it as fat, while it’s increasing the metabolism! On top of that it is also packed with magnesium and B vitamins which are needed and used for energy production in every cell of the body. Sounds like a good bang for the buck to me!

You can put coconut oil in your smoothies, it’s great in tea as it soothes your throat and softens your lips especially in cold weather. It’s by far the best oil to cook with because it is stable at high temperatures. You can use it to coat baking dishes and use in tasty recipes.

Eating coconut oil daily along with packing your diet full of greens and you are on your way to the races! …and we’re only on number 2.

3. Ginger

Ginger is known as a magic herb for the human body, and rightfully so. It has an incredible impact on boosting the immunity and preventing and fighting off illness, as it is a strong anti-viral. It is one of nature’s best medicines. It is great for the cardiovascular system as it increases circulation which is also great for instant energy production. It revs up digestion and helps convert food into energy. The list goes on of the health benefits of ginger, as here I’m am focusing mainly on energy benefits.

gingerIt’s not hard incorporate ginger into your daily routine. You can juice it for a punch of energy and immunity boost. That’s your best defense when you feel you are slipping under the weather. When juicing I recommend adding something with it as it can be very strong to most people. You can add to your juice greens, carrots, apples and lemons or where ever your creativity takes you. You can also add ginger to green smoothies which adds a great taste to the non-sweet smoothies. It’s an amazing culinary herb as well, especially in vegetable dishes like stir fries.ginger tea

The easiest way to consume regularly and when in need for a quick energy jumpstart, is making ginger tea, which is full of
antioxidants. Just gently boil water with fresh ginger chunks for about 5-10 minutes and you can add some fresh lemon before drinking. To make it even easier, make a large batch at a time, and drink cold or heat up at work. This will for sure start your day off with a kick as well as give you a clean pick-me-up in that mid-afternoon slump!

4. Nuts

Nuts are great for an energy boosting easy snack! Especially cashew, almonds and hazelnuts which are filled with magnesium that helps convert sugar into energy. They’re packed with the good fats that we need which also helps to sustain energy. It’s a nutsgreat source of protein and fiber as well, which therefore helps to balance the blood sugar. This is important to help sustain your elevated energy, and keeps your metabolism and hormones regulated.

Keeping nuts at your desk is a great mind-day snack and super quick and easy. You can also chop them up and add them to salads, healthy baked goods, homemade energy bars (see easy recipe below), and oatmeal. You can make amazingly tasty dairy free nut milks, cheeses and creams especially with the cashews. (I love cashew cream and it’s so easy!) Have fun and explore with them.

5. Raw Cacao

Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Raw cacao is the base ingredient in chocolate and is one of the strongest antioxidants in the world! It also provides a great source of magnesium and iron! It’s very bitter (which actually is a great digestion benefit). However they tend to overheat and process it then add loads of sugar and diary to make it sugary sweet.cacao

Here’s a tricky secret to look for when purchasing:

Cacao vs Cocoa

Raw cacao is made from cold-pressed, un-roasted and still contains the living enzymes.
Cocoa has been heated at high temperature which changes the molecular structure of the bean and reduces the enzymes and nutritional value.

However good dark chocolate with raw cacao is an energy and overall health boost! You can sweeten it up yourself in your homemade tasty recipes. I also add this to smoothies which are sometimes already sweet. (Are you starting to see why I love smoothies so much? Convenient, quick, tasty and easy way to load up with amazing foods!) It’s one of the main ingredients in my homemade energy bar below.

 

Decadent Energy Balls
Homemade Energy Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Dates, pitted & chopped
  • 1 ½ Cups cashew nuts
  • ½ Cup of pecans
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp of Vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp of Cold Water
  • Dash of sea salt

Topping ideas:
Chopped macadamia, chia seeds, and hemp seeds

Directions:

  • Combine dates, nuts, cocoa powder and a dash of sea salt in food processor and pulse until course.
  • Add the coconut for another quick pulse
  • Then add vanilla, and a little water at a time until it reaches dough consistency.
  • Scoop out and shape into balls like meatballs
  • Roll in your topping of choice and chill for about an hour
    -or-
  • Spread in a small baking dish, cut into squares and sprinkle topping of choice then chill