What’s not to love about superfoods? They’re healthy, diet-friendly, and natural, as well as packed with a larger amount of nutrition than we’d get with other foods. Perhaps one of the best reasons to add superfoods to our diet is to make our bodies feel more awake, alert, and energized. These highly nutritious foods can do wonders for the human body in providing almost super-human qualities (at least, you may feel that way if you cut out the packaged food and add in organic superfood options instead!)
If you ever feel sluggish, tired, and yearn to lay down more than run a marathon, we recommend adding some energy-packed foods to your daily intake. Here are five superfoods to add to your diet to give you endless energy:
There are several reasons to love cacao, which comes from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree that is native to the Americas. Cacao contains over 300 important compounds, including protein, fat, certain B-vitamins and minerals such as calcium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and copper. This wonder food can help decrease blood pressure and improve overall well-being and energy levels. You’d be well on your way to better vitality by replacing chocolate/cocoa with raw cacao. Try these Raw Cacao Truffles. Or these No Bake Superfood Energy Bars.
2. Maca root
Maca is a root that comes from Peru. You will typically find and buy maca root in powder form because it’s easier to export to other countries. This makes the ingredient ideal for use in smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods. Health wise, maca is an adaptogen that is rich is calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B1, B2, C, E, and iron. It also helps decrease stress levels while boosting strength, stamina, energy, and endurance. Try maca in this Banana Almond Butter Superfood Shake.
Need to load up on carbs for an intense workout session? Choose quinoa; this ancient grain contains 39 grams of carbohydrates per cup, making it a fantastic energy booster. It is also high in protein (8 grams per cup), fiber (5 grams per cup), and is a good source of iron. For breakfast, try eating quinoa like oatmeal with some fruit, almond milk, and nuts. For lunch and dinner, you can make salads with cold quinoa sprinkled on top or eat a hot quinoa bowl with sautéed vegetables. Try it in these Mini Quinoa-Chickpea Cakes.
Beans such as edamame (a.k.a. shelled soybeans) are full of fiber, low in cholesterol, and are low fat. Including beans and legumes in your daily diet is a good way to reach toward your RDA amount of protein. To pack in some protein, choose edamame, which has been in the Asian diet for thousands of years. One cup of prepared, frozen edamame contains 17 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbohydrates. Try this recipe for kale-edamame hummus. Also, make sure you pick Organic/Non-GMO soybeans!
Hemp is a wonderful protein source on a plant-based diet and can be bought in most health foods stores in powder or seed form. It’s even more common now at regular grocery chains as well! Hemp is indeed a superfood seed – just two tablespoons of hemp seeds contain about 24 percent of your recommended daily value of protein. Try these Raw Vegan Banana Hemp Seed Sushi Slices and these Raw Hemp Chia Seed Bars.
By adding these protein and energy-packed foods to your diet, you’ll feel more energized and ready to take on whatever the day brings.