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Top 10 Best Vegan Foods for Boosting Your Energy and Health

Chia Seeds

Wish you had more energy and "bounce to the ounce?" Before you reach for expensive supplements, consider the advice of holistic nutrition expert Marni Wasserman. Marni says that by choosing the right foods, you can boost your energy while eating tasty meals and snacks.

"Not only are plant-based foods filled with the most nutrition (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and bio-available vitamins and minerals, but they are essential in maintaining optimal energy," explains Marni. Try these plant-based pleasures for more energy and better health:

1. Hemp seeds
Providing you with omega-3 fats, they're great for sprinkling on cereal or into smoothies.

2. Chia seeds
Filled with fiber, they are perfect mixed in with your morning oatmeal.

3. Kale
This mangesium-loaded veggie is delicious in salads or steamed.

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4. Sea vegetables
A natural source of sodium, sea vegetables offer you a boost in focus as well as energy. Try nori as a possible source.

5. Tempeh
Easily digested, this protein ranks as one of the best when it comes to plant-based power. Marni suggests marinating with cider vinegar, lemon juice and coconut oil and then using in salads or wraps.

6. Coconut water and coconut oil
Provide your body with electrolytes. Because coconut oil contains medium chain fats, it gives you energy and nourishment.

7. Quinoa
"These nutritious seeds contains all of the essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein. As protein builds muscle, it is important to consume protein especially after a workout," says Marni.

8. Goji berries
Use in trail mix to fuel your workout or add to a smoothie. These berries provide you with protein, fiber and antioxidants.

9. Cacao
Mix with cereal for a kick-start breakfast or add to a smoothie.

10. Honey
Easily absorbed, honey contains enzymes as well as antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You'll be instantly energized. When it's cold, you can stir into your tea for a soothing beverage. When it's hot, use to sweeten an ice-cold smoothie or make honey iced tea.