Natural Energy Boosters: Foods and Herbs That Will Keep You Awake

Updated on July 20, 2017
Fruits and vegetables are great energy boosters.
Fruits and vegetables are great energy boosters. | Source

It's two in the afternoon and you're staring at the clock, wishing that you had magic powers to make it move just enough to get you home. You can barely keep your eyes open and your brain is in 'off' mode. You just need some energy to get through the day, but you know that every time you take an energy drink your heart wants to race out of your chest, and deep down you know those energy drinks are not good for you.

So how can you replace those energy drinks with something more natural?

Natural Energy Boosters

There are several natural energy boosters you can choose from. Some taste better than others, some yield better results, but what they all have in common is that they will not give you the harmful side effects of sugary energy drinks.

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Bee pollen

Bee pollen is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, D, E, B1, C and K, as well as sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and zinc. So it's full of good things for your body.

Bee pollen will give you an almost instant energy boost. It acts as an stimulant and energizer, giving the energy and focus you need to get on with your day. Besides the energy boost, bee pollen will also improve your immune and digestive system, as well as protect you from contagious diseases due to its antibiotic properties.

How to take bee pollen

Bee pollen can be taken in various different ways. The easiest and most convenient way of taking it is to dissolve 1 tbs. in the liquid of your choice (water, juice, etc...). Stir it in, and drink.

*The taste of bee pollen can be strong! Some people really like it, some really hate it. If you dissolve the bee pollen in water, the taste can become overwhelming. The best choice would be to dissolve it in your favorite juice or add it to your shake.

Sprinkle it
You can sprinkle bee pollen on anything you like. You can add it to your yogurt, your PB & J sandwich, oatmeal, fruit salad, etc...

Energizing shake with bee pollen recipe

  • 1 tbs. bee pollen
  • Citric fruit of your choice or a combination of citric fruits (lemon, orange, strawberry)
  • Brown sugar to taste
  • 1 tbs. oatmeal
  • Juice of 2 lemons (If this was your choice for citric fruit, you can skip this ingredient.)
  • 1 tsp of sesame seed

Mix all ingredients together and drink this shake first thing in the morning. This shake can replace your breakfast and it is preferable that you take it on an empty stomach and that you don't anything until at least an hour has passed to give your body the chance to really absorb all the nutrients.

Bee pollen is great for boosting your energy in the middle of the day.
Bee pollen is great for boosting your energy in the middle of the day. | Source

Other great sources of energy

Rosemary - stimulates nervous and circulatory systems

Mint - Smell stimulates nervous system

Ginseng - great energizer. Helps with focus and memory.

Apples - regulate cardiac rhythm and blood pressure.

Green and black teas - caffeine content will keep you awake.

Cinnamon - Great for regulating circulation

Almond milk - source of good fats and proteins.

Maca root

Another great energy booster and great source of all-around goodness is the maca root.

Maca root is used for balancing hormonal problems and even improving fertility as well as libido. Recently, it has also been praised for its energy boosting properties. DUe to its many beneficial properties, Maca can improve your energy level by improving your overall health.

How to take maca root
The most common way is to buy it in powder form and add it to your shake, juice or just plain water.

You can also buy maca flour, which you can use to bake goodies, or if you happen to have the actual maca root you could make tea with it.

Yerba mate in a gourd
Yerba mate in a gourd | Source

Yerba mate tea

This tea is widely known and consumed in Argentina and other South American countries. Yerba mate tea is great for increasing energy, mainly because of the three stimulants it contains:

  • Caffeine
  • Theobromine
  • Theophylline

These three can keep you awake and improve your focus and concentration.

How to take yerba mate
The most common and easiest way of consuming yerba mate is using tea bags. However, you will derive more benefits by buying the loose yerba mate leaves and brewing it as you would do with any tea. However, remember never to use boiling water or you will kill most of its energy boosting properties. Just use hot water, but never let it boil.


Ginger has excellent energizing properties that act on the nervous system and help keep us awake and alert.

How to consume ginger
You can make ginger tea or add bits of ginger to your daily shake, or you can prepare this delicious juice:

  • 1 tbs of ginger
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple

Mix all ingredients together and drink! This delicious juice should keep you energized all day long.

Diet and exercise are the best way to boost your energy.
Diet and exercise are the best way to boost your energy. | Source

Before reaching out for that Monster or Red bull, take some time to discover what nature has to offer. Also, keep in mind that your body will reward you with energy if you treat it well, that means getting plenty of rest and exercise, as well as feeding it good foods.

If your diet consists mainly of fast or frozen foods, very few things will help you replenish your energy. Give your body what it needs, and it turn, it will give you what you need.

Happy adventures!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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