3 Powerful, Natural Energy Boosters

A few months ago, I was in need of some serious workout fuel. The form of torture/method I follow is strenuous. And I don't make it easy for myself. Long story short, my morning oatmeal was not cutting it. My body was craving sustenance- something that would provide me with the energy necessary to complete my workout.

After research, shopping, and experimenting with a few things, I found 3 natural products that have cured my mid-workout whine fest. No more "Am I done.... yet?!?" Because now I'm high-kicking and grape-vining like Super Woman. 

So, if you want to boost your energy- whether it's for work, exercise, or life in general- rejoice! It's 100% possible. My 3 energy inducing picks are all available at the grocery store. And you can enjoy them either by eating them or taking them in supplement form.

3 powerful, natural energy boosters

1. Blue Green Algae

 

What is it?

Blue green algae is a bona fide superfood. It's packed with nutrients- vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and more. There are two types- Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae (aka AFA) and spirulina. AFA grows in a specific lake in Oregon in which the growing conditions are quite perfect- lots of sunlight, pristine water, and crisp mountain air. This makes for a powerful final product. Spirulina is a more common and affordable type of blue green algae as it is farmed and not from one specific location. 

How does it provide energy?

Besides an egg, only blue green algae has a near perfect balance of amino acids. Its protein is highly usable and our bodies digest it with much ease. Since it is full of nutrients, it can boost your energy levels and nourish the body unlike anything else. I take two capsules 15 minutes before my workout and there is a noticeable and positive shift in my energy.

How to take it

Supplement form is my favorite way to enjoy blue green algae. It must be stored in the refrigerator to preserve its wondrous properties and freshness. Start with one pill, earlier in the day to feel the benefits. You can adjust the dose to your liking. The other option is to mix the powder form with water or add to a smoothie.

 


2. MCTs

 

What is it?

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. Triglycerides are fatty acids. In my research and experimentation of Bulletproof Coffee, I read that coconut oil and MCT oil were both sources of MCTs. MCT oil is manmade (from natural ingredients palm kernel and coconut oils) whereas coconut oil is simply, coconut oil. Manufactured MCT oil provides the most concentrated form of MCTs. But you may feel better about consuming pure coconut oil. Either way, I've used both and can attest that they have boosted my performance and energy levels throughout the day. 

How does it provide energy?

MCTs are easily digested and go straight to work as fuel for the body. Also to note- these healthy fats keep you fuller, longer. Remember I mentioned that I needed something to sustain me? MCTs do just that. And if you're worried about fat making you fat, worry not- these "good" fats are not stored in our bodies because we use them pronto. 

How to take it

MCT oil is liquid, odorless, and tasteless. So it makes for a great addition to your smoothies, salad dressings, and Bulletproof Coffee. Keep in mind, you can't cook with MCT oil at high temperatures. Coconut Oil is great in smoothies, yummy to eat by the spoonful and easy to cook and bake with. It does have a strong odor and flavor, which you may love or hate. If you dislike coconut oil, there are supplements available in liquid capsule form, which I have taken and enjoyed. 


3. Matcha Tea

 

What is it?

Matcha is very finely milled Japanese green tea. It's one of the healthiest drinks on Earth. It's different than bagged green tea because you consume (and reap the benefits) of the entire tea leaf- not just steeped leaves in hot water. Talk about powerful! It has a wonderful, round flavor and is very easy to prepare, as you don't need to brew it. 

How does it provide energy?

Matcha is unique in that the caffeine boost it gives you is very different from that of coffee. Are you familiar with that crash, about an hour after you drink your coffee? It's no fun. Luckily, the caffeine in matcha provides energy over an extended period of time. It doesn't cause your blood sugar to spike, therefore there is no crash afterward. 

How to take it

My favorite way to enjoy matcha is simply by whisking it with some hot water and stevia in the morning. It's a great swap for your AM cup of joe. The prolonged energy is helpful for my morning workouts. You can also make a matcha tea latte. Just add some steamed milk to your prepared tea. Matcha can be used in baking, can be added to smoothies, and is also available in capsule form. 


Have you ever tried blue green algae, MCTs, or matcha tea? If so, how do you enjoy them? And how do you prepare/survive an intense workout? Are there other products that provide you with energy? If so, please share in the comments!