Hello there! It’s the first day of the year and we all must start it right. A new year means you have 365 new days and 365 new chances. I’m here today to tell you about how to stick with your “To Do List.” It’s important to get everything done this year, as everyone sees this year as “The year!” This is the year to really come out of your comfort zone. Sometimes there will be days where you can feel out of energy and like there’s nothing that can boost your energy. Well, even on rainy days there are several essential foods that can pour your body with amounts of energy. 

             First, I would like to begin with one of my personal favorites, quinoa. Becoming very popular in 2016, quinoa is a grain that is very high in protein. It’s also rich in many nutrients, like vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, potassium, antioxidants, manganese, and phytonutrients; making quinoa very beneficial to human health. This fibrous grain helps improve overall health such as skin and hair.  Many places have it. I personally enjoy it in my salad with avocado and lemon. 

             Second, a very filling and satisfying protein. Beans or actually any kind of legumes, whether it’s chickpeas, lentil, or lima beans, these important legumes are all very useful from preventing you feel inactive midday. The carbohydrates provide energy for the brain and body. The protein also helps keep blood sugar levels steady, keeping you energized throughout the day. 

    Other energized substances can be fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas but I want to point out that dark chocolate is actually highly recommended when feeling sluggish. Choosing a dark chocolate with 70% percent cacao can help increase attentiveness and alertness. As a post-lunch dessert, a small bite can help you get past your draining day. Dark chocolate is a resemble to caffeine, which can boost your energy and your mood. 

    It’s important to feel energized throughout the day this coming year. We all want to get things done and we should do it the right way. Ditch large portion meals, coffee, and the energy drinks. Not only are these foods much more healthier but the energy it provides will also last longer.