7 energy-boosting foods that beat coffee

Constant technological pings, a heavy workload, an ambitious riding schedule, and a busy social calendar make you tired every morning. Not alone: Recent research shows that 85% of Americans wake up feeling unrested.

When you're tired, eat an avocado. Avocados are rich in healthy fats and fibre and contain pantothenic acid, a B vitamin that helps cells turn food into fuel.

1) Avocados

If coffee isn't helping, try collards.
When tired, people often reach for caffeine and sugar, but neither provides steady energy.

2) Green leafy vegetables

You should eat carbs. "They break down fastest in our system," says Taub-Dix. Choose fiber-rich, whole grain carbs over white flour and sugar.

3) Sweet potatoes

Disassemble. “Packed with carbs, potassium, and nutrients, these are great pre-workout,” says Werner.

4) Bananas

Choose chocolate to beat the 3 p.m. slump. "Sugar saps energy." When you're tired, you may turn to sugar as a quick fix, but it causes a blood sugar and energy roller coaster, says Taub-Dix.

5) Dark chocolate

Eating well, sleeping enough, and moving enough boost stamina. Don't forget to drink.
Taub-Dix says many people use coffee as a crutch despite its jitters and wiredness. Fill your cup with water next time.

6) Water

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