03/11/2013 12:47 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2013

Foods For Energy: How To Eat To Stay Awake And Alert

With National Napping Day upon us, we've been focused on methods to help foster good sleep hygiene and a healthy sleep environment. But what happens after the nap? Diving back into your day after a healthful, restorative nap can be a challenge. And an afternoon caffeine-boost might interfere with later sleep. Instead, we rounded up the most energy-boosting foods out there: snacks that could help you transition back into your day. Or start it -- it's no coincidence that many of these items are frequently found on breakfast tables across America.

Of course, all food is for energy. But that doesn't mean all foods are created equal when it comes to their enhancing powers. Energy-boosting foods are metabolism-boosting foods: Foods that support our bodies' abilities to convert food into energy. B-complex vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most energy-boosting nutrients available, but many other nutrients and flavors are associated with increased wakefulness and alertness.

Read on and tell us in the comments, what do you eat to boost your energy levels?

Foods To Boost Energy