5 Great Foods to Munch on for Energy That Lasts
Technically all food is designed to give us energy—after all, calories are units of energy. However, it can be somewhat deceiving: Even if a food is full of calories doesn't necessarily mean that it gives us a healthy, sustained boost of energy. Some foods can make us feel sluggish, while others can add some extra pep in our step. It's important to note, too, that there are many factors beyond food that impact our energy levels—sleep, exercise, even how often we eat.
"The foods that provide the best sources of energy are those with long-lasting carbohydrates and protein for steady blood sugar levels and nutrients that play an important role in energy production," says Mario Spano, M.S., R.D., sports dietician and consulting sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Braves.
So even though that morning coffee jolt may feel like the rev to your engine, it's really healthy foods, high in certain nutrients, that help give you that healthy and sustained lift you need. Here are some great foods to eat regularly for energy that lasts.