Superfoods, Better Moods

Top 10 Energy-Boosting Nutrition Strategies

9.Use caffeine wisely or not at all
After a cup of coffee, it certainly feels as though youre getting an energy boost. But it really isnt true energy—its a drug effect. So although youll feel a short-term boost, it will backfire when it wears off, because at that point the body realizes it has no real energy source and the result is exhaustion and hunger, typically followed by overeating.

So, caffeine can be used occasionally as a temporary stimulant, such as before a long drive or for alertness for meeting a deadline, but overuse and reliance over the long term can be problematic.

For a gentler lift, try green tea, which provides beneficial antioxidants as well as the amino acid theanine, which helps you stay calm and focused. (Disclaimer: individuals taking certain medications, and those suffering from certain forms of anxiety, high blood pressure, or dependence issues should avoid caffeine completely. Ask your doctor.)

10.Choose power foods
As the 10th nutrition strategy, Id like to share my list of the top 10 energy foods, most of which you should aim to include in your diet on a weekly basis:

1.Almonds (or other nuts)
3.Watercress (or arrugula, kale, collards, spinach, etc.)
4.Quinoa (or other intact whole grains such as millet, amaranth, brown rice, etc.)
5.Flax seeds (grind them before adding to foods)
6.White beans (or lentils, white beans, black beans, etc.)
7.Dates (or other dried fruit – in moderation)
8.Blackberries (or strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
9.Sea vegetables (nori, dulse, hijiki, etc.)
10.Edamame (young whole soy beans)

Nutritionist Dina Aronson, MS, RD is a member of the FitOrbit Advisory Council. FitOrbit is real personal fitness training by real personal trainers, online and on your time. FitOrbit sustains the vital human connection of the trainer-client relationship by using straightforward web and mobile technologies that enable daily activity monitoring, a continuous workout and meal plan feedback loop, and timely motivational support for everyday personal fitness training, dieting, and weight loss.