5 Energy Boost Tips (Without Sugar)
It’s midafternoon. The jolt from your morning coffee wore off about two hours ago and you may or may not have just caught a three-minute nap while sitting at your computer. When it’s time for an energy boost, don’t reach for a sugary snack.
The short-lived “sugar high” may help wake you from the 2 p.m. lull, but when blood sugar levels quickly fall, the slump leaves you feeling sluggish, unfocused (and you’ve consumed tons of empty calories!). For a natural energy boost without sugar, give these tips a try.
Energy Boost Without Caffeine
Vegetable juice: Fresh veggie juice makes it easy for your body to absorb the nutritional benefits. Your body takes on needed vitamins and minerals and sends energy directly to your cells, giving you a wakeup call within minutes. Try this green smoothie recipe as an afternoon snack:
- ½ avocado
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup cabbage
- 2 cucumbers
Place cabbage, cucumbers, and spinach in vegetable juicer. Then add avocado and juice to blender and mix. Drink as is and pour over ice.
Improve sleep: Sleep allows your body to restore and repair what you put it through during the day. Without proper rest, your body and mind are exhausted. Snack on a handful of pumpkin and squash seeds before heading to bed. They’re high in tryptophan, which produces serotonin to help you sleep.
Cut the carbs: Simple carbs, like those in processed foods (white bread and pasta), quickly burn through your body and drain your energy. Stick with low-glycemic carbs like raw nuts, sweet potatoes, and brown rice.
Chia seeds: Adding this tiny, powerful seed to your diet will give you a natural energy boost. Chia seeds keep blood sugar stable, so there’s no crash. Add a tablespoon or two to your yogurt, salad, or smoothie.
More B12: Vitamin B12, or the “energy vitamin,” supports energy, but can’t be stored by your body, so you need a dose of B12 daily. Salmon, eggs, cottage cheese, and feta cheese are foods high in Vitamin B12.
Stop the energy drain with natural cures. Be sure to incorporate physical activity to wake your body and muscles.