Whether at work, in the gym or on the field, many of us often feel like we need more energy in order to power through whatever we need to. In fact, feeling tired or run down can not only affect your mood, it can also reduce your productivity and affect your results.
When it comes to boosting your energy levels, the number one place to start is by considering the types of food that you eat, and what you drink. Because just like a finely tuned car, our bodies also need the right fuel in order to function and perform at their best.
Thankfully, though, there are certain alkaline superfoods that boost energy as well as give you a whole heap of other amazing benefits.
What Are Alkaline Superfoods?
Superfoods are normally of plant-based origin and are stand out in terms of their nutritional value. Packed full of micronutrients they provide high amounts of vitamins, minerals and other qualities that are highly-beneficial for health and wellness.
Alkaline superfoods, in addition to their power-packed nutrients, have the added benefit of helping the body to balance its pH levels if overly acidic.
In addition to alkaline superfoods that help increase energy levels, there are also those which are known for their high water content and ability to hydrate the body.
Learn More: 6 Alkaline Superfoods That Boost Hydration
By the same token, there are others that contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that can strengthen the body's natural immunity.
Plant-Based Nutrition To Boost Energy
In terms of macronutrients, that provide the body with energy, carbohydrates and fats are the key sources.
Instead of quick bursts of energy that result from the consumption of highly processed foods, it's preferable to consume plant-based low-glycaemic carbohydrates. These power the body with a steady flow of energy rather than energy spikes and crashes, which highly processed, sugar-laden food products and energy drinks are notorious for.
Fats, on the other hand, are the most efficient source of dietary energy and give bang for buck in terms of the calories they provide, body functions they support and other health benefits they offer.
10 Alkaline Superfoods That Boost Energy
Although most plant-based superfoods provide the body with varying amounts of energy, the following are our top picks thanks to their alkaline nature, versatility, flavor and availability...
1. Alkaline Nuts
Readily available and packed full of "good" fats, fiber and protein, nuts can not only be munched on as a convenient and healthy snack but also make delicious high-energy plant-based butters. Thanks to their low-glyycaemic index or GI, they're considered a "slow-burn" food that steadily delivers energy over time.
Although most nuts are slightly acidic, there are two common ones which surprisingly are actually alkaline...
Either raw or as a butter, almonds are a popular favorite that are not only tasty but also pack a punch in terms of their energy-boosting vitamins and essential minerals:
Thanks to their high amount of carbohydrates, chestnuts are great to add to your diet for extra energy. As an added benefit, they also contain fat-soluble B vitamins that help:
- Promote healthy skin
- Produce red blood cells
- Aid brain function
2. Alkaline Seeds
In terms of seeds, there are three which can not only boost your energy levels but also help balance your pH.
With an almost ideal ratio of fiber, protein, and healthy omega-3 fats, along with providing energy, chia seeds will also help keep your blood sugar levels stable due to their lack of carbs.
High in healthy fats such as polyunsaturated fatty acids and Omega-6, sesame seeds and their oil offer good fuel for your body by also providing energy-boosting:
You might not have thought coconut was a seed, but, we couldn't not include this synonymous superfood on the list! Along with being alkaline, its flesh, milk, butter and oil are legendary, not just in terms of health benefits, but also as good plant-based energy sources.
High in calories thanks to its abundance of healthy fats, this alkaline super fruit (that's right, it's not actually a vegetable) is also a mega nutrient-rich source of:
- Vitamins C, E, K & B-6
- Pantothenic acid
In addition to providing energy and nourishment, avocados are also good for your heart, vision and bones.
Not only high in protein, spinach also contains significant quantities of dietary magnesium which is essential for energy metabolism. It's great for physical exercise and working out thanks to its combination of vitamins and minerals that help deliver nutrients to and energize your muscles. Although it might not be the tastiest food on the list, it makes a great energy-boosting addition to a green smoothie or salad!
5. Sweet PotatoMade up of low GI complex carbohydrates, sweet potatoes (a.k.a. yams) are also a good source of beta-carotene which plays a role in converting food into energy. In addition to providing you with sustained energy throughout the day, this alkaline root vegetable can also make you feel satiated and fuller, for longer. Thanks to its high potassium content when exercising it can help balance electrolytes and lower blood pressure.
If sport or exercise is your thing, beetroots can help with your stamina. Research shows that beetroot promotes greater fuel efficiency in your muscles, which enhances physical endurance. In effect, beets enhance the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood, thanks to the nitrates they possess, which through chemical reactions release nitric oxide, so increasing blood flow. All this serves to improve the efficiency of your body's energy-generating cells - the mitochondria.
Learn More: Superfood Series: Beetroot Health Benefits
7. Matcha (Green Tea)
Green tea and its powdery derivative, matcha, are a popular drink around the world, but unlike coffee, the energy boost provided by its caffeine is more sustained without the "spike". As a result of its L-theanine content, a non-protein amino acid, matcha also promotes cognition, alertness, relaxation, and concentration. This unusual l-theanine and caffeine combination is great for helping you focus and feel energized while at the same time relaxing your mind and body.
Learn More: Superfood Series: Matcha Health Benefits
PERFORM & FOCUS Alkaline Energy Drink Mixes
If you need an extra energy boost when exercising or at work, Phenoh has created two outstanding beverage mixes, PERFORM for Endurance and FOCUS for Energy to increase your physical performance, enhance cognition and reduce stress.
We always use potent, high-quality ingredients that are 100% vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO so you can feel good about what you put in your body.
Healthy Water Enhancers | Alkaline Flavoring Packets
Both of these alkaline beverages are sugar-free and a balanced combination of superfoods created to increase stamina, improve performance, help focus, and provide energy all day without the peaks and lows associated with most sugar-filled energy drinks.
We never over-process our products. That means absolutely no artificial ingredients that lower the effectiveness, quality, and absorption of ingredients.
PERFORM Endurance Superbooster is the first Superfood-infused Alkaline Sports Hydration drink with Adapotgenic support – for improved athletic endurance.
With Purple Sweet Potato, Organic Beetroot, Rhodiola Rosea, and Monk Fruit, PERFORM is specially formulated for athletes of all levels.
Half of us experience daily fatigue, leading to reduced cognitive performance, but caffeine alone leads to jitters or a mid-day crash.
FOCUS Energy SuperBooster is a daily, Matcha-based productivity drink that helps you stress less and do more with naturally occurring L-theanine and Adaptogenic Superfoods that help to evenly spread focused energy throughout the day – no crash required!
Upgrade your morning routine with Phenoh FOCUS, containing Green Tea, Rhodiola Rosea, Himalayan Pink Salt, and micronutrients.
What's more, all Phenoh products are powered by our perfect pH delivery system and loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Zinc to promote daily immunity and vitality. Easy-open, travel friendly, single serve packets – just add water!