Kale or cupcakes?
It's probably not the health question we have to ask ourselves every day, but it is one that could present us with a tough decision. One is green and packed with nutrients -- and we know it's good for us -- and the other is sugary and generally delicious, providing a temporary energy rush.
Kim Stinson-Burt, dietitian at Nutritionally Your Best, based in Newfoundland and Labrador, says finding energy in foods is not about trying to get one-off superfoods or sugar fixes, but eating and drinking healthy options throughout the day.
"Eating breakfast regularly and snacking regularly throughout the day, as well as drinking lots of water, can keep energy levels high," she says.
As far as populations go, North Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the world. At least 76 per cent of Canadians experience some type of stress in their daily lives (finances, health and family life for example) and at least 75 per cent of Americans also deal with some type of day-to-day stress, according to the CBC.
But with all that fatigue, picking up caffeine-filled drinks or a sprinkle doughnut won't do our bodies any good in the long run. Sure, sugar can raise our blood sugar levels and give us much-needed energy in the moment, but they can also slow your body down and leave you feeling more tired and hungry, according to USA Today.