5 Trendy Foods That Actually Give You Energy

WTF is ghee, anyway?

You’re totally exhausted--foggy-headed, weak and sluggish--but you cannot deal with the aftermath of another caffeine crash. Good news: Just tweak your diet to include one or more of these newly popular foods that give you energy without a follow-up headache.

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This clarified butter has traditionally been a staple of Indian diets, and now it’s showing up in health food stores (and in Kourtney Kardashian’s morning tea) as an alternative to traditional butter (see ideas for using here). Ghee's medium-chain fatty acids are absorbed directly by the liver and make a consistent, slow-burning energy source.

Chia Seeds

Being dehydrated can tire you out. Add a teaspoon of chia seeds into your water bottle, wait five minutes for the seeds to soak up the water, then sip it all down. The seeds will give you stable energy because they have a balanced ratio of protein, fats and fiber, which means they won’t cause peaks and valleys in blood sugar.

Acai Bowls

Acai is a palm tree with a little purple berry that’s high in protein (energy), fiber (keeps you regular, so, energy) and has been linked to improving blood circulation (all about that energy). Have it in an acai bowl (some recipes here), which is basically a thicker smoothie with fruit on top.



This Andean root has been nicknamed “nature’s Viagra,” but besides its libido-revving properties, its B vitamins can help regulate your adrenals, thyroid and pancreas. Since this butterscotchy-tasting powder has a slightly bitter aftertaste, smoothies will taste better if you add a tablespoon of flavor-balancing nut butter along with your teaspoon of Maca.

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The Nutritional Source


This nutty grain is high in fiber but low in carbohydrates and aids in digestion. The mild flavor makes ground flaxseed the perfect stealth additive to your morning smoothie or cereal. And if you forget, just sprinkle it over your salad for dinner.

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Dana Dickey

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...
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