Best Energy Foods

Generally speaking, all food supposedly gives you energy. But some foods are better at providing the energy kick you need to conquer the world. Try noshing on any of these picks—and go from 0 to 10 on the energy scale. And for more inspiration for getting fired up to make big things happen, don’t miss these 5 Foods Successful People Eat.

Quinoa

Packed with more protein than any other grain, plus rich in amino acids, quinoa makes the perfect energy boost mid-day. “It is also high in folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, making it a nutrient-packed source of carbohydrates for long-lasting energy levels,” says Dr. Lindsey Duncan, celebrity nutritionist. For plenty of ideas on how to enjoy quinoa, save this list of 30 Quinoa Recipes for Weight Loss.

Lentils

Lentils are a food that gives you a bang of nutritional value for barely a buck. Its high fiber content stabilizes blood sugar levels, keeping you energized all day.

Tuna Fish

While it doesn’t have the most pleasant smell, eating tuna fish for lunch can perk you up. Loaded with protein and vitamin B, eating type of fish can provide a great source of energy says Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D.N. A piece of advice: go for the light canned tuna which is one of the 6 Best Fish for Weight Loss. And to really get a better understanding of your most nutritious fish options, take a look at our exclusive report on the 40+ Popular Types of Fish—Ranked for Nutrition.

Beans

Not only will beans keep you feeling full and satisfied, but they can also prevent you from feeling sluggish midday. “The protein helps keep blood sugar levels steady to keep you energized, plus the complex carbohydrate provides energy for the brain and body,” says Zied.