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Eight Superfoods To Kick Your Energy Drink Habit

Eight Superfoods To Kick Your Energy Drink Habit

The United States spends 10 billion dollars a year on Red Bulls and Monster. We need the energy, true. But we don’t have to pollute our bodies and the earth to get it. Not when we have superfoods that—combined with alkaline water—naturally energize our bodies.

Here are the top 8 things you can consume to keep you going this holiday season, and always:

Walnuts

WalnutsThis brain-shaped nut supports cerebral function with high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain function and development. Since walnuts have been scientifically demonstrated to increase cognitive speed and memory, they’re a smart food to have on hand.

Come up with your very own trail mix by adding coconut, dried mangos and blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate for an energy-boosting, antioxidant-rich superfood snack.

Spinach

Spinach

Spinach and most raw greens are prime sources of folate, which is an essential b-vitamin important for energy production and concentration. One little vitamin might not seem so important, but folate deficiency has been linked to depression, dementia, and mental illness.

If you want to stay happy and focused, make fresh spinach a must-have in your kitchen. Add a little feta cheese for protein—plus cranberries for a flavor kick—and you have the perfect energy-boosting snack.

Kefir

Keifer

Kefir is a cultured dairy product prized for its gut-healing probiotic bacteria, and for its positive effect on mood. Originating in Turkey, the word Kefir literally translates to “feeling good.”

The beneficial bacteria in Kefir produce neurotransmitters, like dopamine and GABA, that promote a positive mood and support optimum brain performance. Other studies have noted the anti-inflammatory effect of probiotic bacteria, which reduce anxiety and depression.

Try eating 1-2 cups daily to feel your best.

Raw Carrots

CarrotsRaw carrots contain unique fibers that eliminate toxin-producing, mood-disrupting bacteria in the gut. Ph.D. Endocrinologist Dr. Ray Peat recommends eating 1-2 raw carrots a day for increased energy, a healthier gut, and a balanced endocrine system.
 
At a dollar a pound for organic varieties, carrots give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to your health. Try pairing carrots with nut butters or hummus for added flavor and energy.

Sardines

Sardines

Within the last two years, sardines have become a health food phenomenon in the U.S. Sardines boast high amounts of B-12, omega threes, and protein, but they’re best known for selenium; a mineral that boosts energy production, detoxification, and protects the brain from free-radical damage. 

Coming in convenient packages and a bevy of delicious flavors, sardines are a go-to selection for a high-energy you.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds became famous in recent years for their endurance factor. Tarahumaras, the mythical running tribe from Mexico, were found using a concoction of these seeds to fuel their 100-mile runs through scorching desert mountains.

It’s the combination of soluble fiber, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, and complete vegetable protein that makes Chia such a potent super food. You can mix these little guys into granolas, trail mixes and salads, or buy them in ready-to-eat pouches from sites like Mamma Chia.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a fat that burns fat; it also ramps up energy production by supporting the liver. The medium-chain saturated fat in coconut oil increases testosterone production, reduces stress, protects the brain, increases thyroid performance, and enhances the absorption of fat-soluble minerals.

Keep coconut oil handy in your break rooms to make bulletproof coffee, to spread on toast, or to substitute for processed vegetable oils.

Bananas

Banana

The humble banana outperformed sports drinks in a recent study of athletes. Bananas contain the important electrolyte potassium, plenty of fiber, minerals like manganese and copper, and a surprising amount of protein (2 grams per banana) to keep you humming.

At under two bucks a pound for organic varieties, bananas are an economical source of essential nutrients.

Make sure to keep several bunches on hand. Pair them with almond butter for long lasting energy. And if a few go bad, bake them in banana bread.   

Conclusion

The type of food you eat determines your energy. By stocking these eight superfoods, you’ll increase your vitality while saving hundreds on energy supplements. But don't forget to hydrate! Your cells need to be adequately hydrated first in order to assimilate the energy-boosting nutrients. Order your DYLN alkaline water bottle today in time for the holidays. 



Daniel Dowling
Daniel Dowling

Dan Dowling is the founder of MillennialSuccess.io, where he shares action steps and inspiration for millennials and their employers. You can find more of his work on Fast Company, MindBodyGreen, and Fitbit.com.