Replace Caffeine with These 4 Energy-Boosting Foods

Photo by: Romulo Yanes
Quinoa
You don't have to say quinoa correctly for it to pump you up like Hans and Franz (but in case you want to, it's KEEN-wah). "While the little grain is 60 percent carbs, ... more 
Photo by: Romulo Yanes
Quinoa
You don't have to say quinoa correctly for it to pump you up like Hans and Franz (but in case you want to, it's KEEN-wah). "While the little grain is 60 percent carbs, it's also low-glycemic, so it won't cause dramatic spikes in your blood sugar," says Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of the weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious Knowledge . The easy-to-digest ancient grain is a protein and fiber powerhouse that helps sustain energy throughout the day. For a simple energy boost, try swapping it for high-glycemic white pasta. less 
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Wed, Jul 31, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

By: K. Aleisha Fetters

Put down the coffee and back away from the energy drinks. Food-not caffeine-is your body's natural fuel, and noshing on the right sources can give you the kick in the butt you need to power through the day. So what food gives you the biggest buzz? Turns out it's our frenemy, the carbohydrate. Recent research from the Penn State College of Medicine found that increased carb intake results in all-day alertness.

That's not an excuse to order a meatball sub with a side of lasagna for lunch thinking you'll soar through your work day. If you carb, carb smart. Refined, processed carbs will make your energy crash after a mere 30 minutes, and overloading on the sweet stuff hoping for a sugar high might land you with a sleep disorder.

Here, four carb-filled foods that bring all-day energy.

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