Foods for Energy

Do you ever feel like caffeine just isn’t cutting it. The bad news with caffeine is that your body actually gets used to it and sometimes it won’t give you the lasting energy you need. Eating the right foods and at the right times may help with energy levels and even your metabolism. Take a look below at some delicious foods that will keep you going through the day.

Brown rIce and other whole grains are great side dishes to your veggies. They have the healthy fiber and protein we need to stay energized for the long-haul. Need a little comfort food in your life but don’t want to wreck your diet try adding a warm bowl of oatmeal to your breakfast or brown rice with lime and cilantro as a side to your veggie salad.

Fruit like apples, bananas and oranges have a solid dose of glucose that is used for energy efficiently while the fiber makes us feel full and satisfied. The other benefit to fruit is it can help the common-sweet tooth curb the cravings. There is no excuse not to take advantage of this energy booster. Fruit is easy to take to-go and blending them up for a smoothie almost tastes sinful. (See the next energy-food for a smoothie idea)

Spinach and other leafy greens contain certain vitamins and minerals that fight tired eyes and even depression. Can’t stand green veggies, no Problem! Blend them up with your favorite fruits, a little carrot juice, Tbsp cocoa powder, almond milk and ice. You will quickly forget there is any greens inside it.

Almonds and other nuts have so much to offer with all the macronutrients in one punch. Add a rounded Tbsp of dried fruit like raisins to a handful of your favorite nuts to get a combo of slow and fast releasing energy for when you need it!

Legumes  like black beans and edamame contain protein but also fiber and carbohydrates that many other proteins are lacking. Legumes will keep you satisfied for hours to come.

See also edamame benefits:  http://www.nutritiousgossip.com/miracle-veggie…mame-nutrition/

Another little something to think about with food and energy is how often you eat. Some people do well with eating only three meals per day and are comfortable with that. Others need to down-size the meals and make them more frequent throughout the day to ensure energy. If you feel that 3pm fatigue set in frequently you may be the small meal type. If you are a breakfast skipper I’m sure you get really tired mid-morning and probably really hungry as well. Always eat breakfast no matter what type of eater you are so you can get your metabolism going and get the energy you need to make it to lunch. If you need more meals throughout the day be sure to watch your serving size, those calories can add up fast an actually weigh you down. 

Use fruit and nuts for your snacks between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner. They both contain essential fiber to keep you going!

Do you have other snack ideas that boost your energy? Please share!

Hope this information helps you in one way or another. Please let me know if you have questions!

Peace and Love,

Justine

 

 

http://www.mensfitness.com/training/pro-tips/10-energy-foods?page=2

https://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/20-foods-energy-231200156.html

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/12-foods-to-eat-for-energy-83116

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