We’ve all been there: waking up in the morning feeling lethargic and poorly rested, or falling into an afternoon slump that we can’t seem to climb out of. When this happens to you, going for a brisk walk, taking a power nap, or working out can all help you to feel reinvigorated. But reaching for a healthy meal or snack is another key piece of the puzzle, helping you become your most active and energized self.
The most direct nutritional route to getting the energy boost you need is through complex carbohydrates and fats, but because many of the foods in those categories are out of sync with a light and healthy lifestyle, it’s time to think outside the box. Here are 25 healthy food options that will give you instant energy, all without sabotaging your diet! And for more on how to get your day off to an energized start, check out The Best Breakfasts For All Day Energy!