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5 Foods Guaranteed to Give You an Energy Boost and Help You Through the Time Change

I’ve definitely got a bone to pick with whoever decided to trade off more daylight hours for one less hour of sleep. Though spring and summer are my favorite seasons, and that lost hour means they’re on the way, I still find myself dragging when Daylight Saving Time rolls around.

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The annual spring forward officially happens at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, which means most of us will be changing our clocks Saturday night before we go to bed, knowing we’ll be getting one less hour of sleep.

For those of us who rely on every hour of sleep we can get, and may be a little groggy come Sunday morning, we’ve rounded up some recipes that are sure to put a pep in your step. Sure, you could try food like Wired Waffles (containing 200mg of caffeine each) or Red-eye Gravy—which is essentially gravy made with coffee—but we prefer these healthier options.

Tea
A morning pick-me-up favorite, tea is linked to many health benefits and provides enough caffeine to help jump-start your day. Find your favorite flavor, brew, and sip happily knowing you’re doing your body good.

Apples
Rumors will have you believe they’re full of caffeine, but this fruit actually packs a surprisingly large amount of natural sugars which can essentially give you a sugar rush. Think of them as a healthy alternative to a can of Coke.

Quinoa
There’s no doubting that quinoa is a superfood. It’s not only great for you, but can provide a burst of energy. Get double the energy boost when you combine quinoa flour and almond butter in a delicious donut.

Dark Chocolate
We’re so happy that one of our favorite treats is healthy and can fight sluggishness. Mix it with quinoa in a simple candy bar, and you’ve got the perfect treat!

Coconut
Coconut, specifically the oils it contains, are excellent energy boosters. Combine coconut oil with dates, cocoa, cashews, and almonds for fudge bars that are almost too good to be true.

Why not make the most of the extra hours today and tomorrow while we still have them? Try one of our recipes, or find your own, and be ready to face the spring forward into Daylight Saving Time.

Don’t forget to reset your clocks!

Also Read:

How to Cook with Coffee

Take the Decaf Challenge and Enjoy More Health Benefits from Coffee

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March 7th, 2014

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