10 Healthy Energy-Boosting Foods and Drinks to Try

Running low on energy? While a little sugar rush could be good every once in a while, there are many healthier alternatives that you could try out to keep you pumped all day.

Check out these 10 energy-boosting foods and drinks–and stash them in your pantry, STAT!

1. Honey

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Photo by Vicky Brock via Flickr

This is a natural and sweet way to keep you going. Not only can it give you a sugar boost but it could also pump you up antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that give you the energy all throughout of the day.

2. Eggs

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Photo by Amy Ross via Flickr

A well-known source of protein, eggs contain Vitamins B and D, which convert food into energy and keep our bones strong.

3. Coffee

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Photo by Susanne Nilsson via Flickr

Aside from helping you lose weight, coffee helps boost your energy through the caffeine it contains. If you need to stay awake longer throughout the day (after breakfast), this is your go-to drink. Just don’t drink too much or you might palpitate!

4. Water

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Photo by Steven Depolo via Flickr

Water keeps us from getting dehydrated and helps spread nutrients throughout our body. They say you can survive without food for a longer period of time, but you can’t survive without water.

5. Almonds

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Photo by Harsha K R via Flickr

These yummy nuts are a great source of protein. They also contain riboflavin, which plays an integral role in the body’s energy production.

6. Brown Rice

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Photo by Arria Belli via Flickr

Brown rice is rich in manganese, fibers, B-vitamins, and “good carbohydrates” that keep us pumped up all through the day, minus unnecessary sugar.

7. Quinoa

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Photo by Gloria Cabada-Leman via Flickr

A common rice alternative, quinoa is packed with vitamins and minerals such as manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus and magnesium. According to the BBC, it is a “complete protein” that contains essential amino acids that other grains lack.

8. Salmon

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Photo by James Bowe via Flickr

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that provide energy. Omega-3 could also give you a mood boost, according to this journal published in 2004.

9.  Greek Yogurt

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Photo by Janine via Flickr

Greek yogurt contains a lot of probiotics that could help strenghten the immune system and improve our energy levels.

10. Lentils

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Photo by nick mote via Flickr

Lentils are in almost every energy food list. It contains iron, which is important in energy production. It also has fiber and complex carbohydrates that increase energy.

Ditch the sugary snacks that only gives you an artificial high. Nibble instead on fruits and other superfoods to keep you up and running all day.

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