The next time you start feeling that mid-day slump, do yourself a favor by not pouring another cup of coffee, or reaching for a candy bar from the vending machine. Sure, caffeine and sugar may seem like quick fixes at the moment, but the crash that follows will leave you feeling even more tired than before. Instead, try incorporating these nine foods into your diet to help naturally boost your energy throughout the day. You can thank us later.

1. Kiwi

Believe it or not, these bad boys contain twice the potassium of a banana and twice the vitamin C of an orange. And get this: Kiwis also have 2.5 grams of fiber, which helps keep you full and prevent energy lows when you’re hungry.

 2. Sauerkraut

Raw sauerkraut isn’t just a great, tasty topping for hot dogs; it also helps you maintain your energy levels. You see, fermented cabbage contains a high amount of probiotics, which allow your body to digest food much more efficiently. As a result, you’re left with more energy.

 3. Dark Chocolate

 Yes, chocolate can actually be good for you, especially if it’s dark chocolate. It contains theobromine, a natural stimulant that’s similar to caffeine, which is known for boosting your energy and your mood. Oh, and the darker the chocolate, the less sugar and the more energy-boosting potential it has. How cool is that?

 4. Cardamom

 The folks in Asia absolutely love this spice because of its ability to increase energy and blood circulation by expanding your small blood vessels. Considered to be an aphrodisiac in the Middle East, cardamom can be found in curry and various chai teas.

5. Popcorn

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