8 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Incorporate soluble fiber and protein.

Foods rich in soluble fiber have the ability to slow down the absorption of sugar into your blood and therefore help to level out spikes and dips in your blood sugar — and energy. Luckily many of the same high-quality carbohydrate foods (oats, brown rice, barley, apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and beans) are also full of soluble fiber. And finally, incorporate protein (like lean chicken or turkey, eggs, fish, low-fat dairy, nuts, beans, and whole soy foods) into meals and snacks whenever possible, which also slows the absorption of carbohydrates into the blood. You’ll feel energized and productive for hours after eating!