10 Foods More Energizing Than a Cup of Coffee

Oatmeal


Their low glycemic index (the measurement of how quickly your body absorbs carbs and turns them into energy) makes a bowl of oats a good choice in lieu of that morning cup of joe.

Peppermint


We're not encouraging a morning mojito (though it's surely 5 p.m. somewhere), but waking up to a cup of peppermint tea (try Choice Organic Peppermint tea, $3.69 at Vitacost.com)

Sesame Seeds


"The fiber and healthy fat content help to stabilize blood sugar levels for sustained energy throughout the day.

Cinnamon


Looking for a morning boost? Inhale the scent of cinnamon. The smell of this pantry staple has been shown to reduce fatigue.

Water


Sometimes it's best to get back to basics. When you're feeling weary, check your water intake. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of lackluster energy.

Dark Chocolate


"Dark chocolate is rich in theobromine, a natural stimulant similar to caffeine. Dark chocolate can also stimulate serotonin production, helping to elevate mood

Dates


You might have noticed dates swapped out for sweeteners in some health-food recipes. There's a reason they make a great replacement. 

Beans


"Beans are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, which promotes a slow, steady rise and fall in blood glucose levels, helping to stabilize energy levels," 

Watermelon


watermelon can actually help you stay wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. With 6 percent of your daily value of B6 per wedge and minerals like magnesium and potassium

Chia Seeds


If you're looking for a steady flow of energy throughout the day, adding some chia seeds to your smoothie could help. The ratio of protein, fat, and fiber makes it the perfect combination

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