Energize Yourself with Food

9 Nov

The past few weeks we’ve been in the process of training our cat to use the toilet (again).  We almost got there last year, but with much resistance had to revert back to the litter box.  I look forward to the day I can finally throw out the litter box for good, and not have to clean up any litter for that matter.

Unfortunately for me, with the time change my cat Stoner decided that he still wanted to wake up at his normal time.  Normally he wakes me up at 4:45am, just a bit before my alarm goes off.  Monday morning 4:45 turned into 3:45am.  Usually I’d just put him in the downstairs bathroom where his litter box is and go back to sleep.


Why am I telling this story?  Well because with the potty training he has to be supervised which meant I had to be awake.  Once awake I’m awake for good so I was quite the early bird Monday morning.

I was pretty productive for a few hours, but then my productivity dropped off around 9am and the tired feeling hit.  I’d already had my 1 cup of coffee and didn’t want to rely on more.  If I was home I’d take a nap, but at work that’s not an option.


I opted for food to energize me.  Most of the time when I’m super tired I just crave carbs – pasta, bread or oatmeal are my go to foods.  But when I’m dragging tired I know one food that will actually give me lasting energy. 



I’ve found that when I eat a spinach salad with nuts, fruits and/or other veggies I become instantly energized.  Same goes with green smoothies. 

Green Monster

I put as much spinach in them as possible along with banana and peanut butter and after a few minutes of blending I have energy in a cup.

Vegetables are full of water which helps keep you hydrated.  Put that together with the enormous amount of vitamins and minerals you get from vegetables and it makes sense that they would be an energizing food.

Try this – the next afternoon when you’re ready to go for that extra cup of coffee, eat a small spinach salad with some sliced apples and almonds on it.  Drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes.  I bet it gives you some energy. 

It’s worked for me any times.  Ever since I discovered this I try to keep an extra small salad at work with me just for this reason.  Vegetables really are my go to energy food.

What are your thoughts on this?  Do you think it would work for you?

5 Responses to “Energize Yourself with Food”

  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes November 9, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    I love spinach salad. I’ll have to give it a try as an energizer! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Faith November 9, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    Spinach salad calls my name! I love spinach so much:) It’s so healthy, your salad looks wonderful. Good luck with your cat. They are creatures of habbit and it’s very hard to train them to use something new.

  3. Erica November 10, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    WAIT- hold the phone. Cats can actually be trained to use the toilet- I had no idea! I agree- food is a better pick me up than coffee most of the time. Apples always make me feel more awake too!

  4. Alissa @ Not Just Apples November 12, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    Green monsters are the best! i agree that they give you awesome energy 🙂


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