Who doesn’t love coffee? It’s the addicting feeling of satisfaction, taste, and the boost that this warm or even cold beverage offers you, but sometimes, you don’t get to like the jittery sensation that comes with it and makes you stay awake until late in the night. Great news, if you want same energy given by your favorite drink, there are many foods that are healthy and still can give you the same effect without coffee or caffeine. They can make your mornings easier and your body healthier and they won’t affect your good night’s sleep. They key is a combination of complex carbs, healthy protein and fats.
Fruits + nuts
One of the best energy-boosting combinations is this because it represents a mix of healthy fats (omega-3) and protein and complex sugars that release energy slowly. It doesn’t require any preparation at all and you can have it whenever and wherever you may want.
Low-fat chocolate milk
Especially if it’s a cold one, it’ll get you the refreshment and the energy you need. You can make it yourself or buy it, but beware to find a low-fat one. The milk contains protein and the chocolate will give it enough carbs for an immediate energy boost.
This is a strong combo of proteins and fiber that’ll provide you with enough energy to start functioning again.
Balkan-style yoghurt and berries
This combination is again one of complex carbs coming from the fruits and protein from the yoghurt. Ideally, you should choose fresh berries and low-fat yoghurt for maximum benefits.
Roasted edamame beans can provide a lot of protein and fiber – a powerful combo for your energy deficiency. Add some herbs and spices, some olive oil and salt and roast the beans for 40 minutes at 375 degrees F.
DIY energy bars
This simple, yet delicious snack will give your energy a boost in no time. They’re easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find. Best of all, there’s no baking involved. Grab some oats, some berries, peanut butter and honey. Whip up according to your wishes and form small balls or bars. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and that’s it. No-bake energy-boosting snack.
A single serving of kiwi contains a lot of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and fruit sugars to keep you up and running. 2 fruits per day are ideal and you can add them to smoothies, fruit salads or just eat the fruit with no additions.
- Grapefruit and cottage cheese
This combo might not sound tasty, but it’s both tasty and energizing. Cottage cheese should be low-fat and with its generous amount of protein paired with the energizing taste and aroma of grapefruit, you’re in for an instant pick-me-up that’ll awaken you in a second.