Healthy Energy - Happy Food Alternatives!

Okay, I'm a serial coffee addict. Like "must-have-caffeine-or-I-get-withdraws" addict. So, if you're like me, sometimes you need alternative methods to keep your energy up in the event that there isn't a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks right next to you. Here are some sure-fire energy boosters to get you going during the day, that can be a regime for day to day use. 


Always have protein, no matter if you're a vegetarian or a carnivore. You need to have proteins (preferably healthy ones) to keep you from crashing during the day. Eggs are a good source of protein, that can be fixed multiple ways. They also are full of Iron, which is good for your body. Another good one for protein is pistachios, which have a good source of protein and are only 100 calories every 25 nuts.


B Vitamins: 

Whether you take them VIA supplement or eat B Vitamin rich food, this will definitely help you retain energy. Almonds, Asparagus, and Bananas are perfect for getting your B Vitamin intake (and if you're a party girl/guy, wonderful for hangovers).



This has a laundry list of things in it, including protein, fiber, B vitamins and copper. Plus they are really good with just a pinch of sea-salt.

Cashews, Almonds, and Hazelnuts:

All are good for energy and protein consumption and high in magnesium, which helps you convert sugar to fat. Just avoid getting any of them overloaded with salt.


Omega 3 Fatty Acids:

Omega 3's promote energy production, brain activity, and circulation. If you aren't circulating properly, and having the best brain activity, that could be why you're feeling so sluggish. Partake in either a supplement, or certain seafood like Salmon to get your O3FA.


Make Sure to Eat Breakfast: 

Having a kickstarter in your day with breakfast will establish energy to burn until lunch. Supplementing your breakfast with coffee won't do it - though it will keep you up for a minute, you'll most likely end up irritable and needing more coffee if you have it on an empty stomach.


Test some of these out and see which works best for you! And remember, always drink water! That will help activate anything you need in your system.

Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”