The sun is up! Time to rise and grind, my friend! The day has just started, so be sure to kickstart yourself so you can swiftly get ready to kick the ass of all your obligations of the day as soon as possible and enjoy the rest of it whichever way you desire.
There’s only one problem. You are still in bed all groggy and with no enthusiasm or drive whatsoever to go out and conquer. You’ve got no energy! Not even to take one step out of bed! But don’t you worry, there are power sources, otherwise known as foods, capable of supercharging you to take on any challenge head-on and come out on top. And don’t worry, they are all options 100% vegan too.
Dates are the perfect energy bite! A complex carbohydrate with a high caloric value, especially good for long distance runners or endurance athletes! The human body gets its energy from carbohydrate (not protein) so include dates for energy as well as a few of the B vitamins!
Fruits are some of the best energy foods out there for vegans and anyone else. Any fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, apples, or even berries, will provide you with a healthy dose of fructose (simple sugar) to supply you with a steady stream of energy as your body metabolizes the fruit. In addition, fruits offer you antioxidants, healthy essential vitamins (e.g., vitamin C), and many other health benefits. Fruits are a natural way to get a delicious and healthy energy boost.
Since almonds are a great source of manganese, copper, Vitamin B2, and riboflavin, they are a great food to eat to give you an energy boost. All of these minerals and vitamins are crucial for energy production. They have plenty of other benefits as well, like lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, and lowering the risk of heart disease.
Ancient grain high in protein, iron, fiber and calcium. Pair with vegetables for a colorful and tasty dish!
Source of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and B-vitamins.. Choose slow-cook oats over instant.
Provides energy (calories) and healthy, monounsaturated fat. Source of Vitamins E & K, as well as magnesium and beta-carotene. It is actually considered a fruit!
Source of potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, zinc. Eat it by itself or blend it with other fruit into a smoothie!
#8 Soy Chunks
Everyone knows soy can make great meat supplements, but eating tofu all the time can get boring. If you want to try a great, high protein energy source then try soy chunks. These have a totally different texture and are quite popular in the land of vegetarianism (and veganism) – India. Just soak them in water for 15 minutes before cooking in a stir fry or curry. You can also lightly fry them in some olive oil and salt, and add them to a salad for protein.
#9 Raw Cocoa
Raw cocoa is one of the best vegan foods you can consume if you’re lacking in the energy department. It aids in heart health, has a ton of fiber and has been shown to aid in not only in boosting your mood but also your energy levels. The way it boosts mood is it triggers the neurotransmitters that activate positive emotions. Also, it improves energy by increasing blood flow to your brain. My favorite way to drink it is by heating up 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder with a cup of nut milk.
Matcha powder is far superior to other tea when it comes to energy. With matcha, you’re eating the entire leaf instead of steeping and discarding the leaves. Matcha is exceptionally high in antioxidants, over 10 times as much as green tea! Combined with the natural caffeine, you get a jitter-less sustained energy boost.
A freshly pressed juice made from carrots, apple and ginger root will give you an energy boost and flood your cells with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Carrots and apples provide adequate complex carbohydrates for long-lasting energy – without the caffeine and sugar roller coaster ride. Ginger juice is warming and energizing, and provides a host of health benefits including reduced inflammation.
Nuts are a great source of carbohydrates including fiber, healthy fats, protein and Vitamins and Minerals such as B vitamins and Magnesium. The fiber in nuts allows for slower digestion, providing you with a steady supply of energy. The B Vitamins and magnesium found in nuts aid with energy production and the formation of ATP (the form of energy stored in the body’s cells).
#13 Wheat Grass
Wheat grass is the bestgreen, and if grown with ocean water, contain all the minerals you need. Wheatgrass, because of its mineral richness, even turned Anne Wigmore’s (famouspioneer of the raw food movement) hair from gray to black. Her students didn’tbelieve it, so had some of her hair tested for dyes, which came back negative.When I am tired or depressed, I reach for wheat grass for a huge instant boostof energy!