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
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
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.