Five Energy Boosting Foods

By Olivia Kaiser on September 20, 2013

Papers are due, tests are creeping up, and the readings are piling up against each other. Not to mention, most college students are working a job or two just for the opportunity to write those papers and take those tests.

That being said, the energy we rolled into the semester with is beginning to dwindle and deteriorate. Finding the time to exercise seems to be nonexistent, and all of those healthy meals we pinned on Pinterest seem to laugh in our faces. Sleep comes to us later and later, and waking up seems that much earlier.

So, who becomes our best friend in this time of need? Caffeine. Coffee, tea, and energy drinks. And, the majority of people rely on those three drinks. However, there could be something else as the root of the problem.

Especially with busy professionals and college students, when it comes to eating right, often times those fruits, veggies, and lean meats are replaced by microwavable meals, candy, and sugary drinks.

Arguments such as, “I don’t have time to make a ‘real’ meal,” and, “fresh groceries are too expensive,” could arguably be the most popular. However, there are high energy foods that anyone on a budget can incorporate into their day.

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   Get your day started with some oatmeal! 

Oats are a great source of fiber, keeping you fuller for longer and giving you a great source of energy to get through those morning classes and meetings.

 

 

 

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Apples are said to have almost the same amount as caffeine as a cup of coffee. Not to mention, they help lower cholesterol, aid in diabetes management, and as a bonus measure they’re great if you are on-the-go!

 

 

 

 

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Get Nutty! Eat Almonds!

Eating just twelve almonds provides your daily consumption of essential fatty acids (hence why you should limit yourself to just twelve). You can eat them raw, throw them in your oatmeal or salad, or put them in a trail-mix. However, it is best to avoid the ones covered in chocolate, honey, sugar, and salt.

 

 

 

 

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Be like Popeye and Eat Spinach!

Spinach is not only great for your metabolism with all of its wonderful fiber, but also is an excellent source of B-vitamin folate. A study published in the journal Neurology found that 50% of people suffering from chronic fatigue were lacking in folate.

 

 

 

 

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Get excited…Chocolate!

Now, before you start jumping up and down for joy, it is important to remember that moderation is key. You can’t just sit down and eat a bag of snickers. Dark chocolate, for instance, is a great source of a quick energy pick-up.

 

 

They say you are what you eat. Eat good, feel good.

I attend the University of Iowa, double majoring in Journalism and English. I enjoy reading the classics with a cup of coffee (hold the sugar, please!) and catching up on my fashion and gossip through magazines, like Cosmo and Vogue. I believe in leading a healthy and active lifestyle, with Track & Field being my favorite sport! I'm a small town girl with big city dreams!...Oh! and I love popcorn!

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