10 Best Natural Energy-Boosting Foods

SALMON

“Salmon is a fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and many B vitamins, which are important for energy metabolism,” says Christman. It can also be easier to cook than you think. “Try pairing salmon with a starch, like a third of a cup of brown rice. This provides a balanced energy boost while promoting cardiovascular health.”

ALMONDS

These nuts pack a seriously huge burst of nutrition: “High in protein, manganese, and riboflavin, almonds are an energy-boosting powerhouse!” says DeFazio. “Riboflavin supports energy production and the healthy fats in almonds keep you satisfied and energized for a few hours.” Store ’em in the freezer to extend shelf-life.

TART CHERRIES

“Tart cherries are a natural sleep aid, so when you eat them, you have a better night’s rest. The sleep benefits are attributed to the melatonin content — a powerful antioxidant critical for sleep-wake cycle regulation,” explain Lakatos and Lakatos Shames. Is there any better way to feel energetic than to have an amazing night’s sleep? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

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