The Healthiest People We Know Share The No. 1 Energy-Boosting Food
If I'm looking for an energy boost (which, let's be honest, I usually am in the winter), my go-to food is grapefruit. Not only is it a vitamin C powerhouse, but its taste is so vibrant that it automatically brings me to life. I love it as a snack paired with sprouted nuts or as part of a salad with arugula, pistachios, avocado, and a light citrus vinaigrette.
—Allison (Aaron) Gross, M.S., RDN, CDN, founder of The Nutrition Curator
I like very, very dark chocolate—usually 90 to 100 percent. It's energy-boosting, and super anti-inflammatory. You can find me snacking on it most days!
Chicken Liver Pate
It's Mother Nature's multivitamin. Our energy comes from getting enough rest, our nutrition, and engaging with activities we're passionate about. It's surprisingly difficult to get all the micronutrients we need, so eating nutrient-dense foods like chicken liver is a great way to round out your nutrition to boost your energy.
Call me basic, but avocados are my favorite source of healthy fats, which are essential for keeping my energy levels steady throughout the day. Upping your intake of healthy fats will help shift your body from relying on sugar for fuel to relying on fat. Unlike sugar, which is like kindling to a fire that quickly burns out and leaves you crashing, fat is like a log to a fire—slow-burning and long-lasting.
Banana & Nut Butter
My favorite energizing food is typically banana and nut butter or sunflower seed butter. The classic combination of quick energy release from the fruit and the long-lasting addition of a nut or seed spread makes for a satiating snack.
I love raw almonds. They're a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are an effective way to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
FRUIT! I am a sucker for real food. It gets the job done. Some of my favorites are bananas, apples, and dates (I know that's a dried fruit, but it's still real food!), and sometimes I add some cinnamon or almond butter. It tastes like heaven and gives me the energy I need.
My favorite energy-boosting food is breakfast meets snack meets dessert. A power bowl of maple pecan granola topped with dates, cocoa nibs, sliced banana, and a sprinkle of bee pollen. I throw on a little splash of almond milk, and I am well-fueled and happy for hours.
Raw Cacao Beans
Whole, raw cacao beans. They are full of nutrients, over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and a little kick of caffeine to boost your energy.
I love nut butter or coconut oil on rice cakes—I find that the combo gives me a great instant energy boost!
Liz Moody is the host of the top-rated The Liz Moody Podcast, author of bestselling books Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops, and a popular online content creator who has helped millions of people transform their lives.
Her new book, 100 Ways to Change Your Life: The Science of Leveling Up Health, Happiness, Relationships & Success draws from Moody’s more than a decade of experience in the health and wellness world, serving as a new kind of personal development book—one that empowers readers to craft their unique, best life based on the habits they want to form, the problems they want to solve, and the parts of their life they want to take to the next level.
A longtime journalist for publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, and goop, an online creator with a social media following of more than 1 Million, and the founder of Healthy Convo Co, a conversation game company designed to facilitate fun and life-changing conversations, Liz previously served as food director for mindbodygreen, where she led content strategy for the food section. A regular speaker, panelist, and podcast guest, Liz shares her own deeply personal anxiety journey that led her to where she is now as well as actionable, fun, and science-based ways for everyone to live their best lives.