5 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Natural Energy Boosters

Yes, carbs are on the list.


Women's Health |

Boost your energy, naturally? Seriously? Yes, you can. Jump-start your battery with these recommendations from dietician Kim Hofmann.

1. Water

Your best friend when it comes to staying hydrated and energised. Keep water or unsweetened herbal tea close throughout the day, as well as food with a high fluid content, such as cucumber or melon.

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2. Nuts And Seeds

Magnesium-rich nuts are a great way to power up, as magnesium helps convert sugar into energy. Try cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and sesame seeds.

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3. Dairy

A glass of milk or a serving of plain yoghurt is an excellent energy source, due to its combo of protein and carbs. However, avoid sweetened options, as they have empty energy in the form of added sugar.

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4. Protein

Lean meat such as chicken, fish, ostrich and lean beef are known to improve alertness and focus.

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5. Carbs

If chosen correctly, these can be great energy boosters, but avoid sweet treats and rather stick to high-fibre options, such as whole grains and starch.

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