By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings

Do you need a boost of energy lately? Tired of just barely making it through the day? If you find yourself needing the extra energy, and always reaching for caffeinated drinks, only to find yourself crashing over and over, it is time to start feeding yourself energy boosting food that is going to nourish your body! The top 5 energy foods that you need to start consuming are listed below.

Coconut oil is the must have essential! I cannot tell you how much I like coconut oil! Coconut oil helps your body to burn fat and turn it into energy. You can replace most recipes calling for oils with coconut oil; it can cook at very high temperatures without burning. Put it in your coffee, on your toast, drizzle it in your smoothie, go ahead and go coo coo with coconut oil!

Cha cha chia! Wow, I remember the Chia plant commercials as a kid, but never knew back then how nutrient those little seeds were! Chia seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of protein. Chia is a super food that can boost your energy all day long! Dr. Axe says that many triathletes are using chia mixed with coconut oil with a little raw honey to give them fuel. Try them is your smoothies, yogurts or make a chia pudding!

Bananas are an excellent source of energy, antioxidants, and potassium. Bananas are low fiber and in calories which means they will break down easily for an energy boost, eat with a nut butter like almond butter or sunflower seed butter for longer energy.

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collards boost immune functions and provide steady energy!Eat them in a salad or a soup or juice them or add them to a Nutribullet type smoothie. (½ greens, ½ fruit , 1 protein and chia seeds)

Ancient Adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha and holy basil aka Tulsi, which means ” the incomparable one” are great for boosting energy levels and feeling great all around. You can drink a holy basil tea and take ashwagandha supplements. They are both have more benefits than just revitalizing energy!

If you have been struggling with fatigue and nothing has seemed to help you regain your energy, you should have your adrenals gland tested with our Adrenal Test Kit. Your adrenals could be one mail reason you do not have the energy you need!

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