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10 Healthy Foods That Help You Wake Up

It's 6 a.m. and the alarm goes off, and you feel as if you didn't get a wink of sleep. It's time to look for foods that help you wake up.

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds help fight off the fatigue with omega-3 fatty acids and will help speed up your digestion since they absorb any liquid they’re made with. Add chia seeds to your breakfast by chowing down on this Lemon Chia Seed Parfait.

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Eggs


Hard boiled or sunny side up, eggs are a top-notch breakfast choice. The yolk is filled with protein and vitamin B12, which are responsible for promoting energy. If you like your eggs scrambled, toss in some spinach and mushroom for added nutrients.

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Oatmeal


Oatmeal is breakfast staple, providing your body with slow-digesting carbohydrates so you won’t crash later. Bonus: It can be paired with any type of fruit and toppings, which will give you an added morning buzz.

Psst… You can add oats to pancakes, too.

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Apples


Some mornings the brain fog is bad. Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that helps protect your brain cells from damaging free radicals. You’ll be thinking clearer A.M. thoughts with these amazing apple breakfasts.

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Dark Chocolate


Chocolate in the morning? Yes! Just make sure the dark chocolate contains 60-70% cacao or more. Cacao is responsible for fighting stress and boosting energy and focus. Give your basic morning granola new life by coating it in dark chocolate.

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Water


It’s as simple as it sounds. Drinking a glass of water right when you wake up can help fight fatigue, especially if you’re feeling dehydrated. You’d be surprised at what drinking eight or more glasses of water a day can do!

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Spinach


Spinach contains a significant amount of iron, a micronutrient that carries oxygen throughout the body. If you have low iron, it could be why you’re feeling more lethargic than usual in the morning.

Pro Tip: Foods rich in vitamin C help increase iron absorption.

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Peppermint


Peppermint has been found to help increase alertness and decrease fatigue. Instead of having coffee in the morning, try some peppermint tea. (Peppermint chewing gum may also help ward off the afternoon slump.)

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Nuts


Nuts contain protein, healthy fats and fiber, which can help boost energy levels in the morning. Since nuts are high in protein and fiber, they also help make you feel fuller for longer.

It never hurts to start your day with a high-protein breakfast!

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Greek Yogurt


Greek yogurt is higher in protein compared to regular yogurt, allowing for better energy stores for the day. It also contains probiotics, which are known to boost the immune system and energy levels.

Courtney Anaya
Courtney Anaya is a nutritionist and a certified personal trainer through ACE. She holds a BS in dietetics from James Madison Univeristy, and has an MS in human nutrition and functional medicine through the University of Western States. She has written nutrition content for Muscle & Fitness/Hers, Vitamin Retailer, and Natural Practitioner magazines. Her counseling experience entails sports nutrition, weight management, pre- and postnatal nutrition, and pediatric nutrition.

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