Fatigue Fighters

It’s 1 p.m., just halfway through your day, and you’re already exhausted. What do you reach for to recharge: an energy drink and sugary candy bar? If so, it’s time to swap these quick fixes for healthier energy sustainers. Instead of reaching for a questionable afternoon pick-me up, try refueling with these fatigue-fighting foods.

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Fatigue Fighter

Amaranth
You can eat it with like a grain or pop it like popcorn, amaranth is a fiber-rich, protein-packed seed that will keep you energized all day long.

Fatigue Fighter

Pineapple
Loaded with vitamin C, pineapples will help you fight fatigue by stimulating the norepinephrine in your brain. Norepinephrine is a key hormone in the flight or fight response that helps keep you alert and energized. Click here for a pineapple-banana breakfast smoothie recipe.

Fatigue Fighter

Goji Berries
If you’re anemic, goji berries are the fatigue fighter for you! Rich in both fiber and red blood cell boosting iron, you only need 1/3 cup a week to reap the benefits.

Fatigue Fighter

Rainbow Trout
Another great option for anemia, rainbow trout are loaded with B vitamins - particularly vitamin B-12 which improves red blood cell production. Click here to test your seafood knowledge and take the Healthy Fish on Your Dish quiz.

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Lemon
The smell of fresh lemon is a great way to wake up your senses. Add lemon slices to a glass of water to fight fatigue as you hydrate! For more water bottle boosters, click here.

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Trail Mix
Fight the midday fog by snacking on trail mix with nuts and iron-rich dried fruit. Nuts are the perfect snack. Not only are they packed with energy-boosting protein, but they are loaded with magnesium, a mineral that plays a vital role in converting sugar into energy.

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Verve Energy Drink
Chock full of vitamins B and D and natural caffeine, Verve is a surefire way to get a jolt of energy that'll keep you going. Pairing this drink with a handful of almonds makes for a perfect energy-boosting snack combo.