Thanksgiving has just recently passed and not only did many of us eat too much, but we might also have done lots of shopping while there were tons of sales. Getting back into the groove after busy, fun holidays can be exhausting. We could all use an energy boost to pick us up. We’ve put together a list of 15 energy-boosting foods that contain ingredients such as nuts, cacao, fruits, and veggies that will provide you with the post-Thanksgiving pick-me-up you need.
These recipes, taken from our awesome Food Monster App, vary from breakfast, lunch, and dessert to snacks. We hope these give you the perfect amount of energy to tackle the day!
1. Green Energy Bowl
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Kirsten Kaminski‘s Green Energy Bowl is as energizing as it is beautiful. The secret for making a super creamy, thick, and ice-cold smoothie bowl lies in the frozen fruit. Instead of adding crushed ice into your blender, simply use frozen bananas and mangos, and voila! You’ll get perfect consistency. You can top it off with any toppings you like!
2. Almond Lemon Poppy Breakfast Cookies
These Almond Lemon Poppy Breakfast Cookies by Jessica Bose are pretty similar to a handful of granola, except you’ll find them to be a simpler on-the-go breakfast than the latter. This is the perfect healthy, yummy, grab-and-go breakfast for you, your kids, and really anyone! Try it out!
3. No Bake Maple Almond Bars
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The key to getting the No Bake Maple Almond Bars to stick together is a combination of brown rice syrup, almond butter, and maple syrup. This recipe by Danielle Clark also contains healthy fats, natural sweetness (making them refined sugar-free), and a great texture.
Gratitude: Plant-Based Thanksgiving Cookbook
No other holiday captures the spirit of home cooking the way Thanksgiving does. This is why you need the ultimate Thanksgiving cookbook, One Green Planet’s Gratitude: Plant-Based Recipes to Create your own Thanksgiving Tradition! In the cookbook, you’ll find our 100 most popular plant-based thanksgiving recipes like Soft Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts, Spiced Apple Cake with Cashew Frosting, Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding with Nut Crumble Topping, Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies, and hearty entrees like Roast Root Vegetable Stack With Dukkah, Vegducken: Butternut Squash Stuffed With Eggplant, Zucchini, and a Mushroom Lentil Stuffing, and Seitan Roast With Sausage and Pear Stuffing and Apple Cider Gravy and so much more!
4. Superfood Cacao Bark
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Bianca Scartabello‘s Superfood Cacao Bark takes no time to make and it’s packed with antioxidants, superfoods, and the works. You really can’t have just one piece. The ingredients speak for themselves – cacao nibs, raspberries, chia seeds, and more all work together to create a delicious energy-boosting bark.
5. Chocolate Oatmeal and Nut Energy Balls
Oatmeal is one of the most used ingredients in breakfasts and to prepare healthy and satisfying snacks. Energy bars are a great option because you can customize them and add the ingredients that you prefer. They’re also very easy to take to work, school, the gym, or a vegan picnic. Yana Chistyakova‘s Chocolate Oatmeal and Nut Energy Bars are very quick to make and are delicious, perfect for chocolate lovers.
6. Cacao and Coconut Flapjack Bites
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These energy-boosting treats by Pamela Higgins are the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack when hunger hits! Make these Cacao and Coconut Flapjack Bites for the week and keep them in the fridge – if they last that long!
7. Cacao and Sesame Balls
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Amy Savage‘s Cacao and Sesame Balls are a nut-free snack that totally holds their own when it comes to their nutritional superpowers AND they only take 15 minutes to make, so they are an all-around winner in the snacks stakes!
8. Banana Split Oatmeal with Roasted Almonds
Natalie Yonan‘s Banana Split Oatmeal With Roasted Almonds is a real luxury breakfast meal! Bananas, oats, and almonds are three of the best energy-boosting ingredients to include in your breakfast (or any meal). Top it off with some roasted almonds and a vegan Nutella!
9. Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie
Lindsay Cotter‘s Coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie recipe is an easy way to boost energy and protein intake with real food. No protein powder is needed. A “balanced” creamy Superfood smoothie with coconut milk, spirulina, fruit, avocado, ginger root, and a pinch of antioxidant-rich spices! Paleo and vegan-friendly for all.
10. Trail Mix Energy Bites
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Enjoy trail mix in bite form with Kat Condon‘s recipe Trail Mix Energy Bites! Made from rolled oats, and cooked quinoa, and loaded with nuts and dried fruit, these bites are a great energizing on-the-go snack!
11. Cashew Almond Yogurt
Source: Magdalena Pienkos
This Cashew Almond Yogurt by Magdalena Pienkos is phenomenally creamy and made without an ounce of dairy! It starts by soaking raw cashews and almonds together overnight. Then, they’re blended until creamy with dates for natural sweetness, coconut milk, a pinch of cinnamon, and lemon juice for that “tangy” flavor. To make it more energizing and for added flavor, serve this with homemade granola, muesli, and fresh and dried fruit.
12. High Protein Date and Nut Energy Balls
As a mid-day snack or to boost your energy, these High Protein Date and Nut Energy Balls by Julie Zimmer are packed with high protein and heart-healthy fat and fiber. If you’re busy and on the go, popping one or two balls will keep you going until your next meal.
13. Curried Cashew and Veggie Trail Mix
Savory, salty, crunchy, and healthy — what more could you ask for? This Curried Cashew and Veggie Trail Mix by Jasmine Briones is savory with a touch of sweetness and perfectly balanced out with the veggies so you don’t get a huge kick of curry. Perfect for hiking or road trips, or anytime you need a pick-me-up.
14. Cacao Chai Banana Bread
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Have some overripe bananas hanging around? Make Anarki Tjon Affo‘s delicious Cacao Chai Banana Bread! A combination of chocolatey cacao batter, spicy chai, and plenty of bananas, this bread is full of tasty goodness and energizing ingredients. Enjoy it for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or as a late-night snack with some warm almond milk.
15. Raw Medicinal Cacao Chai Cheesecake
Still in the mood to indulge even though your energy is a little depleted post-Thanksgiving? Priscilla Soler‘s Raw Medicinal Cacao Chai Cheesecake combines the healing powers of mushrooms with the delicious flavors of chocolate and chai. If you can get your hands on some mushroom coffee, the mushrooms will provide antioxidants and immune-boosting properties.
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