This Everyday Ingredient Will Boost Your Energy for Hours

Crack open some eggs and unleash the power you need to tackle whatever the day brings your way.

Looking to boost your energy levels? Reach for the eggs in your fridge. (Psst: There’s a secret meaning behind the numbers on the carton.)

Every large egg packs 14 important nutrients, including folate, riboflavin, thiamine and essential B vitamins—key components for converting food into sustained energy. In other words, that breakfast omelet works behind the scenes to keep you in top form during that boring 11 a.m. meeting.

How Eggs Boost Energy

In addition to being rich in oxygen-storing iron, each egg packs 6 grams of high-quality, complete protein, which helps preserve muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass boosts metabolism, helping your body burn more calories. These are the best foods to eat before a workout.

To help those muscles recover after a hard workout, eggs are also a good source of the essential amino acid leucine, as well as all the remaining essential amino acids needed by your body daily: histidine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

Learn how to cook an egg (yolks and all) here.

Whole Eggs Are Better Than Egg Whites

To take full advantage of egg’s energizing effects, don’t forget the yolks if your diet allows them. That’s where you’ll find most of the health benefits and half of the protein.

Here are more reasons you should be eating whole eggs.

More Energy-Boosting Ingredients to Try

  • Brown Rice
  • Yogurt
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Green Tea
  • Quinoa

Find out all about these other nutritious ingredients.

These Protein-Packed Egg Breakfasts Will Keep You Going
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Dana Meredith
Dana is an editor and writer who dishes up tasty stories that celebrate the joy of cooking. Meeting Julia Child and living in Paris reinforced her passion for delicious food—butter and wine included.