"I need more energy and I'm tired."
Does this sound like you?
If so, I bet when you feel like this, you normally grab a soda or a candy bar to give yourself a quick boost of energy. Hey, you're busy, I know. We all do it. That's why there's a vending machine in many office buildings and workplace break rooms. They know we are going to run out of energy and need a quick pick me up.
We know that we probably shouldn't be selecting that small bag of potato chips and a chocolate almond bar, but we tell ourselves we need something to tide us over until dinner. In fact, food does provide energy, it's just that junk food doesn't give us the best source of food energy.
What should I eat to have more energy?
Here's a list of natural foods that will provide your body with energy and stamina:
* Grapes: Grapes have lots of magnesium, which converts into energy. Grapes are easy to carry around and make great snacks.
* Oats: Oats are loaded with nutrients that aid in alertness and concentration. A bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a good start to the day.
* Mung Beans: These crunchy sprouts are good on salads, in soups or eaten right out of the bag.
* Yams/Squash: Yams are packed with vitamin C. They also help balance hormones and blood sugar levels. Squash promotes healthy circulation and good digestion.
* Grains: Grains like millet, buckwheat, rye, barley and wheat contain healthy B vitamins and contribute to a steady flow of energy.
* Sprouts: Any type of sprout that has been germinated is good for revitalizing the body. They also contain antioxidants, protein, trace minerals and fiber.
* Peaches: Peaches are great for a quick boost of energy, as well as, helping the body eliminate toxins and regulate bowel movements.
* Vegetables: Fresh vegetables (especially green ones) contain a range of energizing B vitamins, iron and magnesium. The best of these are: broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.
* Wheat Grass: Wheatgrass is chock full of nutrients, in fact, it contains 25 times the nutrients of vegetables. Many people drink shots of wheatgrass juice as a general health booster. You can also find it in powder form.
* Sunflower Seeds: Crunchy, nutty and plentiful, sunflower seeds are rich in protein, iron, vitamin B, zinc and magnesium.