Whether it’s early morning or late afternoon, an energy slump can send you on a search for caffeine, soft drinks and sugary snacks. While these may provide a temporary boost, the crash that follows will leave you feeling even more sluggish than you were before you consumed them. If you want a sustainable, healthy energy boost consider these three natural pick-me-ups:

Oat straw extract has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Scientifically known as Avena Sativa, it is derived from the straw of the “above-ground” parts of the oat plant that is left after the harvest. The parts are then ground to produce a potent fluid.

Once ingested, oak straw extract dilates the brain’s blood vessels, allowing more oxygen to get to the brain so it can function at full capacity. This energy-boosting extract is also effective at lowering cholesterol and it serves as a diuretic to help flush toxins from the body. The extract comes in powder and liquid forms so you can easily add a couple of drops to your morning juice. It is available online and in natural health stores.

Rhodiola rosea is an herb that originated in Eastern Europe and Asia. It is primarily found in elevated, harsh climates. The powdered root of Rhodiola rosea has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
According to the Institute for Traditional Medicine, the herb is considered a general tonic that supports overall health. Rhodiola is classified as an adaptogen because it keeps the body balanced amid physical and mental stress. It derives its power from natural compounds such as flavonoids, rosavin, rosin and rhodolin.  Because it is such a powerful energy booster, it is sometimes used by professional athletes to improve physical performance.  It is available as an extract online and in natural health stores.

Kiwi is rated the number one fruit in terms of nutrient density. One kiwi provides twice the vitamin C of an orange, more potassium than a banana and as much fiber as two bran muffins. It’s naturally occurring sugars satisfy your craving for sweets and its natural fiber keeps blood sugar stable for longer periods of time. Kiwi is a potent source of folic acid which is important for maintaining energy levels. It’s also packed with antioxidants, including lutein, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

This potent and delicious fruit is easy to incorporate into your daily menus. There are 10 different varieties of kiwi, although the green one is the most readily available in the United States. You can slice it up and add it to cereal, use it as an ingredient in salsa, or simply enjoy it as an energizing snack. Just two kiwi fruits per day will give you an abundance of energy-boosting nutrients.