2. Seeds and Nuts
The next time you’re feeling like a pick-me-up, reach for a bag of trail mix instead of an energy drink. Nuts and seeds contain beneficial fats that provide slow-burning energy for your body. Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, all contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as a healthy dose of Omega-3 EFA’s.
These fats improve cardiovascular function and enhance circulation. The more oxygen you have flowing through your bloodstream, the more alert your brain and body will feel. Seeds and nuts also contain high amounts of soluble fiber essential for gut health.
Seeds and nuts come loaded with essential minerals that improve a wide range of biological and metabolic functions in the body. Zinc, magnesium, selenium, calcium, and phosphorous are abundant in nuts and seeds, assisting with skeletal development, bone health, immune efficiency, and energy production. A handful of nuts equates to one serving – be careful with how many you eat as they’re a dense source of calories.