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4 Safe Energy-Boosting Foods and Drinks

If you're feeling sluggish and want more energy, check out these high energy foods and drink ideas.

By Reader's Digest Editors

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and then. But with so much controversy surrounding the potential health hazards of energy drinks, is caffeine our only relatively safe option? According to a recent article on planetgreen.com, Mother Nature provides a bevy of hazard-free energy boosters. Here’s a sampling:

1. Kombucha

This fermented tea drink is a relative newcomer to the beverage aisle, but kombucha has actually been around since the era of China’s Qin Dynasty, roughly 250 BC. Essentially black tea blended with enzymes and amino acids, kombucha is hailed for a wide range of health benefits, including restoring energy.

2. Foods High in Iron

Lack of iron in your diet can lead to anemia, which can leave you feeling wiped out.  Thanks to Popeye, we all know spinach is chock-full of iron, but there are plenty of other iron-rich foods to choose from. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds, tofu, white beans, lentils, sun-dried tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and even oysters and clams are all great sources of iron you can add to your diet to reach the recommended daily dose of 18 mg.

3. Produce Packed With C

Getting enough Vitamin C is not only crucial to staying healthy it’s also key to fending off fatigue. In addition to citrus, fruits and vegetables including kiwi, tomatoes, strawberries, bell peppers and Brussels sprouts pack a ton of Vitamin C in small package.

4. PB & Bananas

All fruits contain carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars, which, despite their tarnished reputation, give you energy. The carbohydrates in bananas are easy to digest which means they go to work fast. For a longer-lasting boost, combine bananas with the protein power of peanut butter.

Find more energy-enhancing foods at planetgreen.com.


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