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Most of us reach for a cup of coffee when we’re feeling tired, but after the caffeine wears off, we’re worse off than before (to say nothing of the risks of adrenal fatigue!). Instead of artificially spiking your energy levels, try nourishing every system in your body with these energy-boosting food and drink recipes. Not only will these delicious recipes boost energy, but you’ll also revitalize your mind, your immune system, and your overall sense of wellbeing with every bite and every sip.

1. Breakfast: Blueberry Power Bars

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Blueberries are low on the glycemic index, so they won’t cause the spike in blood sugar that often leaves us feeling fatigued later.

Our energy levels often dip mid-morning because we didn’t give our body the foundational meal it needs to approach the day with strength, confidence and vigor.

These power bars are simple to make ahead of time, so you aren’t tempted to reach for a sugary cereal or on-the-go fast food when you’re short on time in the morning.

Each bite is full of plant-based protein, which keeps you satisfied all morning.

Plus, the healthy fats from the flax, almonds and sunflower seeds help boost energy, reduce inflammation, and enhance cognition so you’re thinking clearly and brilliantly all day long.

1 ¼ cups quick rolled oats

½ cup almonds, sliced

¼ cup flax seeds

¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds, roasted

¼ cup wheat germ

1 cup dried blueberries

½ cup almond butter or other nut butters

⅓ cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Heat and combine the nut butter, oil, vanilla, honey and pinch of salt in a saucepan and simmer for a minute or two. Then, add in the oats, seeds, flax and almonds. Mix well.

Scrape the gooey oat mixture into a lined or greased 8-inch baking pan. Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes, but ideally overnight for perfect firmness. Remove from the pan and cut into bars or convenient squares. Enjoy!

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2. Lunch: Energizing Green Smoothie

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A spike in healthy energy is just a 60-second green smoothie away!

Instead of that mid-morning or mid-afternoon cup o’ joe, support your adrenal glands and provide an even, consistent boost of energy with this vitality-enhancing green smoothie. Its secret ingredient? Spinach, which is one of the best sources of beta carotene (a nutrient that helps fight infections in your body). The fiber from the veggies helps provide all-day satiety, and the pineapple provides a burst of tropical flavor (and also immunity-boosting vitamin C and enzymes that support healthy digestion), and the chia seeds offer omega-3s that support your immune system’s cells.

2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups ice cubes

1 cup frozen mango

1 cup frozen pineapple

2 bananas

2 tablespoons chia seeds

 

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

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3. Dinner: Energy-Renewing Rainbow Salad

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Apple cider vinegar with the “mother” is a rich source of probiotics that enhance gut health and support healthy energy levels.

After a long and exhausting day, renew your spirits and boost energy with this rainbow-colored salad. You’ll truly taste the rainbow, but it’s more than just about a pretty Instagram food photo. All those vibrant colors mean this dinner is bursting with flavonoids, which are plant compounds that support total wellness and restore your vitality. Plus, the avocado and seeds are rich in healthy fats, which support a good night’s rest so you wake up the next morning with a reinvigorated sense of life.

The hidden superstars are the ingredients in the dressing. From apple cider vinegar to lemon juice, each ingredient in this tantalizing dressing supports full-body detoxification, while also enhancing digestion and gut health.

SALAD:

2 bunches kale, chopped or torn into 1-inch pieces

1 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

1 medium beet, peeled and grated

1 cup carrot, shredded or cut into matchsticks 

2 mandarin oranges, peeled and separated 

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 avocado, sliced

DRESSING:

3 tbsp lemon juice (ideally fresh for optimal detoxing)

1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar (ideally with the “mother” for optimal gut health)

2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

1/2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

Pinch of salt and pepper

Assembly literally takes seconds to boost energy. Simply combine the vegetable ingredients and massage gently to soften the kale and release all the flavors and delicious smells. Then, whisk the dressing, drizzle on top of your greens, and enjoy!

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