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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.