Recharge yourself and load up on energy with these 5 energy boosting superfoods and drinks:

Bananas

Ever wondered why monkeys are so jumpy, hyper and full of energy? It is because the banana fulfills all their bare necessities. Packed with three naturally-occurring sugars – sucrose, fructose, and glucose – bananas are a perfect and natural choice for a quick energy boost. Bananas also contain fibre, which will help sustain the glucose levels in your blood, thus giving you a steady source of energy over a longer period of time.

Coffee

From waking you up in the morning to making you live through a long hectic day at work, caffeine is the answer to all your energy related problems. A cup of coffee might serve as the perfect pre-workout beverage too. Adding skim milk not only offers plenty of calcium and vitamin D for stronger bones, but it also provides carbohydrates for fuel. Coffee is one of the world’s most popular pick-me-ups, and it works — at least in the short-term.

Dark Chocolate

Good news for all the chocoholics! Nibbling a square of dark chocolate as a post-lunch dessert is good for you. It contains the natural stimulant theobromine, similar to caffeine, which boosts your energy and your mood. Dark chocolate fights fatigue!

Fresh Fruit and Juices

The natural sugar in fruit provides a quick pick-me-up when you’re dragging and helps keep blood sugar levels steady. Most fruits have little carbohydrate and are packed with vitamins, fiber, and health-protective compounds, with few calories. Juice them or have them in a fruit salad, either ways they are a great source of health and energy.

Nuts

Nuts are not only rich in protein but they also contain a healthy amount of magnesium which is a mineral that plays an important role in converting sugar into energy. Research suggests magnesium deficiency can drain your energy. Include cashews, almonds and hazelnuts in your diet  to maintain healthy energy levels.