5 Foods That Fight Fatigue

I don’t sleep a lot.  I usually get to bed around 11 and then the next thing I know my alarm wakes me up at 4:30.  I realize that may seem like an insane time for some people that but is the only way I can fit in working out, getting my daughter ready for school and actually accomplish all the things.  

Waking up before dawn and doing all the things makes me feel productive (most days) but it also make me feel tired.  Really tired.  While the solution to being less tired would be to get more sleep (duh) that really isn’t all that possible.  I slept in until 5:30 yesterday and do you want to know what happened? Mass. Chaos. 

Since sleeping more really isn’t a productive solution for me, I need to turn to other avenues of finding energy…like food!

Makes sense right? Food is a source of energy.  Food is fuel.  However, there are certain kinds of food that provide a little extra energy and help to fight fatigue.  Let’s take a look. 

5 Foods That Fight Fatigue

5 Breakfast Foods That Fight Fatigue. TheFitFoodieMama.com

This post is sponsored by truBrain but as always, all opinions are my own.  

1. Chia Seeds. 

When I think of chia seeds, the first thing that comes to mind is the word superfood.  We’ve all heard how great they are for us and how we should be incorporating them into our diets but why? Well, for one they are packed with all sorts of good stuff including fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  

They are also known for providing sustainable energy due to the awesome protein, fats and fiber ratio.  You can easily add them to your diet by making a chia seed drink, throwing them in your smoothie or even in chia pudding, my personal favorite.  Looking for some recipe inspiration? Here are a few of my favs for starters: Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding, Chia Cappuccino Protein Pudding, Tropical Coconut Mango Chia Pudding.

2. Oatmeal

Maybe not as surprising as chia seeds but the more familiar oatmeal is another great source of energy.  Not only are oats heart health ,they also contain high amounts of dietary fiber which keeps you feeling fuller longer helping to encourage digestive health and keep you energized.  

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Since straight up oatmeal isn’t my jam, I have found more creative ways to incorporate it into my diet like this Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bake and this Oatmeal Cookie Protein Smoothie. 

3. Black Rice

Stepping away from traditional breakfast focuses foods for a second, another all-natural fatigue fighter is black rice.  I have posted about the benefits of black rice as an anti-fatigue food in the past but I really can’t say more than enough about it.  

Not only is it rich in anthocyanins which is the same type of antioxidant that gives blueberries and acai berries their distinctive blueish-purple coloring.  In fact, it is said that ten spoonfuls of cooked black rice contains the same amount of antioxidants as fresh blueberries.  Top that with some serious fiber and anti-inflammatory nutrients and you’ve got yourself one kick butt way to fight fatigue. 

My favorite way to enjoy is in a stir fry but if you want to make it apart of your mornings you could easily whip some up and top it with dairy or non-dairy yogurt and fruit! 

4. Sweet Potatoes

We all know that sweet potatoes are the jam and that they taste delicious paired with practically anything but did you also know that they can help to fight fatigue? Aside from containing energy stabilizing high fiber they also are chock full of potassium which helps to balance electrolytes an lower blood pressure (and stress).  

I have too many sweet potato recipes to share but lately I have been loving the combination of eggs and sweet potatoes like in these breakfast sliders– which, by the way, eggs are known to fight fatigue too! 

5. Coffee

Let’s have a chat about coffee for a minute.  Who doesn’t love coffee? I mean, really.  I wake up, brew myself a cup and drink at least half of it before I am clinically classified as a human.   I couldn’t exist without it.  Problem is, usually after the second cup I tend to get jittery…and did I also mention that I have terrible acid reflux? Two things I am really willing to overlook since my love of coffee is so strong. Which is just how I like my coffee- strong.  For both taste and energy purposes. 

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Speaking of energy, the topic at hand, what if there was a coffee that was formulated to not only deliver energy but focus as well? Actually, there is. 


A company by the name of truBrain found a fresh, smooth, bitter free and cold marinated coffee bean combined with a focus stick formulated by a neuroscience team to develop performance coffee. 

How exactly is this different than your regular cup of Joe? Well, first of all, the coffee beans are fresh as they come and while they might require a little extra effort to grind beforehand, it is so worth it.  The taste is so smooth that my ulcer didn’t even make a chirp! 



The focus sticks are made with a combination of two natural, powerful ingredients: L-Theanine and Alpha GPC.

L-Theanine, which is naturally found in green tea, provides a “smoothing” effect on brain function which helps to improve cognitive performance and alertness. 

Alpha GPC, a premium source of choline is raw fuel for the brain which contains cognitive-promoting properties that act as building blocks for the brain to help sharpen focus and memory. 


So what do you get when you combine the two? Smart coffee.  Coffee that won’t give you jitters or terrible acid reflux.  Coffee that will help sharpen your focus and cognition with the stir of a stick.  Now that is what I call a superfood 😉 

Coffee not your jam? You can still try truBRAIN’s innovative products such as their productivity drink and capsules


Have a recipe you’ve been loving? Be sure to share below! 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Reply March 4, 2016

I'm at that lovely point where one cup of coffee doesn't quite do it, but two makes me feel slightly sick. I'll have to try this brand!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply March 4, 2016

I am going to have to fill up on all of these then, as I am tired ALL the time at the moment. No trouble eating more sweet potatoes over here!

Sarah @ BucketListTummy
Reply March 4, 2016

Yum - these coffee beans sound amazing. I look forward to my coffee right after waking up. It's my happy place. Loving this list of foods - all of them are in my daily diet!

Reply March 4, 2016

I'm the same way, don't get much sleep. This week I actually tried to get to bed earlier to prepare for the crazy weeks ahead but getting to bed earlier I'm sleeping worse and can't even sleep in on the weekends.
Four out of 5 on the list are regulars for me, chia seeds, oatmeal, coffee, and sweet potatoes enjoy all of them most days of the week, coffee everyday!
Oh and guess I picked the perfect recipe to link up with since it includes coffee! Happy Foodie Friday!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply March 4, 2016

Fight fatigue...get sleep! Hahahaha! But eating these delicious foods is good to ;)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply March 4, 2016

The only thing I'm not doing is the coffee...4 out of 5 isn't bad!!

rachel @ athleticavocado
Reply March 4, 2016

another reason to LOVE coffee :)
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Reply March 4, 2016

I am printing this list out and taping it to my forehead :-)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 4, 2016

Whoa! You mush be exhausted! :-(
I just had some chia seeds in my oatmeal. I'm winning today :-)

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply March 4, 2016

I have chia seeds in my oats and a cup of coffee each morning. Definitely need coffee every day even if I got a good night's sleep!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 4, 2016

I don't have any clue how you manage to keep up with everything. You know that I am in awe of you!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 4, 2016

I am such a coffee addict and I am intrigued by smart coffee need to check it out!
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Kimberly G
Reply March 4, 2016

I am now very curious about black rice. I think I'll try it soon! I don't drink coffee but I do eat the other foods on the list. I recently started taking liquid B-12 to help with my fatigue but I'll also try to incorporate these foods a lot more!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply March 4, 2016

I have never heard of this coffee, but OMG something to increase my energy and focus!! We found out that coffee can affect people with gluten allergies the same as gluten, so he hasn't been able to have any. I'm going to check out the other products you recommended! Thanks for the insight!

Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin
Reply March 4, 2016

About the only thing I don't eat on your list is the black rice! I was quite impressed. I have been adding chia seeds here lately but I did go several months without any. I love oatmeal and I'll even put chia seeds in in for a double dose of goodness. Great post Annemarie!

Reply March 4, 2016

Love this! I'm not a coffee drinker, but everything else you listed is awesome in my book! I will likely join the world of coffee-drinkers once residency starts, but for the most part, I've been trying to limit that to life-or-death "I'm going to fall asleep in 2 seconds if I don't have something right now" situations! :P

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 5, 2016

3 cheers for oatmeal, chia, and coffee!

Kristy @ Southern In Law
Reply March 6, 2016

I feel you on the fatigue! I've had chronic fatigue for quite some time as a result of undiagnosed coeliac disease and circulation issues as well as iron absorption issues, however, luckily I seem to have improved quite a lot over the last couple of months!

Have you tried maca powder/tablets at all? They seemed to help me quite a bit - as well as taking magnesium supplements!
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Reply March 6, 2016

Oh girl, I get the lack of sleep...I do wish you could get more!
I have never had black rice! I def need to try it out!
Coffee has never done much for me, but maybe this is a new kind to try!

Reply March 10, 2016

That coffee sounds amazing! I need to get my hands on some, since I'm trying to reduce my coffee intake (eye twitches aren't a good sign, haha).

Love all these foods and love the fact that I have an excuse to eat even more sweet potatoes!

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