Do you find yourself wishing that your energy would remain constant during the day? Do you feel drained by 3 p.m.? Superfoods like quinoa, leafy green vegetables, and bee pollen may be just what you need to “fire up” your energy level.
Raw Foods expert David Wolfe says, “Superfoods are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient- rich foods on the planet. Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimum choice for improving over-all health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, cleansing, lowering inflammation, and alkalizing the body.”
Quinoa, greens, and bee pollen are high in vitamins and minerals and contain no chemicals. For this reason, these foods are easily broken down by the body and assimilated to produce energy.
Since poor digestion is the number one zapper of energy, it is wise to choose foods that are natural and don’t cause the body to have to work so hard or pull nutrients from your system to process bad food.
A powerhouse of protein, quinoa was cultivated 5,000 years ago by the Incas. This grain provided so much energy that it enabled the Incas to run long distances at a high altitude.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has the highest nutritional value of all the grains. Quinoa is great for busy moms as it can be cooked up in 20 minutes. Try quinoa as a breakfast cereal, a salad, or in stir frys.
Nutritional value of quinoa
- Complete protein with eight amino acids
- High in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E
- Digests easily because it does not contain gluten
- Strengthens the lungs, kidneys and the heart
Dark green leafy vegetables
Dark greens grow above the ground and absorb energy from the sun. That energy is transferred to you. Some great choices are broccoli, collards, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, arugula, broccoli rabi, and dandelion greens. Always choose organic to avoid pesticides that cause inflammation. Enjoy dark green leafy vegetables in salads, soups, smoothies, or steamed.
Nutritional value of greens
- Contains calcium, iron, vitamins A and C
- Chlorophyll to build the blood
- Eases lung congestion and improves circulation
- Good source of magnesium
Bee pollen is one of the most complete foods found in nature. It is the best energy booster according to Dr. Oz and helps to keep you mentally alert. Choose bee pollen that is harvested in a clean environment to avoid contaminants. Bee pollen can be found at health food stores. Sprinkle it on cereal, add it to a smoothie, or eat it as is.
Nutritional value of bee pollen
- Contains nearly all of the B vitamins
- Contains all 21 essential amino acids making it a complete protein
- High in vitamins and minerals
- Enzymes to aid in digestion
- Desensitizes seasonal allergies
No need to rely on caffeine or energy drinks to recharge your energy! Your energy will soar as you add quinoa, greens, and bee pollen to your diet. Besides energy, your body will be thanking you for the nutrients it needs to keep your immune system strong, repair cells, and delay the aging process.