A Nutritionist Shares the Best Foods to Boost Your Energy

Although we'd like to hope and dream that we have endless energy, we certainly do not. It's inevitable for the hustle and bustle of life to catch up with you from time to time. When you feel an energy crash coming on, you're probably inclined to reach for caffeine (which is good in moderation) or sugar to fight the feeling. But did you know that you can feel even more energized by simply changing your diet? Consuming the proper nutrient-rich foods is game-changing when it comes to boosting your energy.

A study done by the Physiology & Behavior Journal proved that consuming sugary, high-fat, or processed foods can cause extreme fatigue, lack of motivation, and decreased performance. So instead of aiding your tiredness with sugar and bad foods, nutritionist Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, who is the founder and director of Real Nutrition based in NYC, suggests certain foods she relies on to boost energy.

"Generally speaking, whole grains, high fiber fruits and veggies, nuts/seeds, eggs, and beans all provide great energy sources," explains Shapiro. "They are void of sugar and processed ingredients, so they'll help to prevent blood sugar crashes that will make you feel lethargic."