For raw foodists, tapping into the natural healing and energy-boosting characteristics of fruits and vegetables are important to our daily lives. While most of America might run on coffee, we’re finding so many foods that give us a much-needed energy boost, without a sugar overload or caffeine addiction. What are some of our favorite natural sources for energy? Here are our 10 raw ingredients that will naturally give you more energy for your busy day.
1. Ginger: As a delicious anti-inflammatory, ginger gives our bodies a break by reducing pain for all kinds of ailments–menstrual cramps, arthritis, and intestinal spasms, to name a few–and by increasing circulation to get the blood pumping. Having some ginger can help people feel more comfortable and energized for work or play.
2. Coconut: Coconut has so many uses and benefits: from improving digestion to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s, coconut is a great fruit to have on hand, especially as an oil. In addition to its many life-saving qualities, it can also help boost energy levels and mental clarity.
3. Goji Berries: This super fruit should get added to your salad, energy bar, or trail mix for its many benefits. Not only is it known to help gastrointestinal processes, but scientists have found that goji berries help with mental clarity, improve energy levels, improve sleep quality, and reduce fatigue.
4. Raw Chocolate: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Not only does cacao give you a little boost due to their magnesium and antioxidants, but it also helps eaters relax by relieving stress. Getting rid of stress can improve moods and boost energy levels, keeping people happy and ready for the day.
5. Chia Seeds: The omega 3s and antioxidants in chia seeds are known to help our bodies stay hydrated, due to its ability to absorb and release fluids as it becomes digested. For many of us, our energy levels get low due to a lack of hydration; chia seeds help improve our hydration levels.
6. Nuts: Our favorite nutty friends such as almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews have magnesium, which, according to webMD, helps fuel 300 biochemical reactions, and help the body do work. Eat them on their own, or incorporate them as spreads, or chop them into some energy bars!
7. Citrus Fruits: As you’ve seen from our previous post on vitamin C, we love how citrus fruits help boost brain function and our body’s overall health. Eating citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits can give you your needed vitamin C levels. It also helps your body protect itself from getting sick, saving you time and energy.
8. Blueberries: These versatile berries are a natural brain food, and for their size, carry a large amount of antioxidants in comparison to other fruits. In some studies, scientists have observed in lab rats the prevention–and reversal–of memory loss! In addition, human subjects found their memory recall was better after drinking blueberry juice, versus those who took placebos.
9. Seeds: In addition to chia seeds, raw hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds carry unsaturated fats that are extremely beneficial for the head and the heart. They are also great at lowering bad cholesterol, are high in fiber, and contain vitamin E, which all work together to help improve our energy levels.
10. Fermented Veggies: Fermented vegetables are excellent sources for good bacteria needed in our stomachs. They are great at helping us digest food better, produce high levels of serotonin, and for providing a diverse number of vitamins and probiotics needed to help our bodies function. We love these vegetables, and they are also very easy to make at home.
All of these foods are great on their own or mixed together to create a wild, super, energy-boosting snack pack for you and your family. So eat up!