Energy Boosting Foods to Kick Off 2022

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

Ring in the New Year with energy boosting foods rich in protein and complex carbohydrate; I refer to them as “power foods”!  The combination of these foods is digested slower so you can have fuel ready to go when you are!

  1. Plant based protein – Plant based proteins like soy, nuts and legumes can provide a unique nutritional combination of protein and carbs. Try Greenway Plant Based burgers.
  2. Greek yogurt – Chobani Greek yogurt gives you a tasty combination of protein and carbs, perfect for a quick snack on the run!
  3. Whole grains – The grain kernel contains the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy.
  4. Nuts and nut butters – Are satisfying and rich in healthy fats, fiber and protein. Add Justin’s Almond butter to waffles, toast, apples or bananas for an energizing meal or snack.
  5. Whole grains – The grain kernel contains the fiber, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy.


Energy Boosting Activity

Staying consistently active is a great way to keep “energized.” Just a 30-minute program five times a week (or a 60-minute workout at least three times a week) is enough to improve your overall health and well-being.

Remember that staying physically active is a major factor in disease prevention! Exercise also works to build strength, enhance endurance and improve balance.


  • Set small, measurable goals.
  • Schedule an exercise time that works for you.
  • Be consistent.
  • Exercise with a friend.
  • Tune into your favorite music while exercising to stay motivated!

For your own safety, always be sure to stretch and include a light warm-up and cool-down period before and after your exercise. Eat a high-protein and nutritious snack afterwards for muscle growth and tissue repair!


Veggie Burgers with Avocado-Yogurt Dressing

a veggie burger on a plate

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Makes: 4 Burgers



  • 4 Greenway Plant Based Burgers, Peppadew or other variety
  • 4 Whole Wheat Buns


  • 2 ounces store bought guacamole
  • ½ cup low-fat Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Salt & pepper

Optional Toppings:

  • Sliced Red onion
  • Lettuce/Arugula
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Sautéed mushrooms



  1. Cook Greenway burger according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile prepare dressing. Combine guacamole with yogurt, squeeze in lime, stir in cilantro, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toast bun if desired, top one half with burger, followed by 2 tbsp dressing and any additional toppings. Enjoy!


Nutrition Information for one burger and ¼ cup dressing: 331 Calories; 45g Carbohydrate; 13g Fat; 400mg sodium; 4g Fiber

Recipe by: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA