Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Top 5 Energy Boosting Foods

Oatmeal:  

Oats are low on the glycemic index, as they have a lot of fiber, which means that your body gets a steady stream of energy, as opposed to a huge rush, as carbohydrates gradually flow into your bloodstream. Oats contain the energizing and stress-lowering B vitamin family, which helps transform carbs into usable energy.  


Lentils: 

Lentils provide both carbohydrates and protein, making them a great addition to any meal. Beans are a great source of fiber, which translates to a slow release of glucose, as well as B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and copper. And they're low in fat and calories to boot.


Bananas

Bananas provide a lot of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function. Unlike some nutrients, potassium isn't stored by the body for long periods of time, so your potassium level can drop during times of stress or during strenuous exercise, when the nutrient is lost through excessive sweating. The sugar in bananas is an easily digested form of carbohydrate. Other fruits such as apples, grapes, peaches and pineapples also make great energizing snacks.



Chocolate: 

Chocolate contains sugar and caffeine along with fat and calories, so consume in moderation and, when possible, opt for dark chocolate as it has the fewest calories and the most antioxidants. However, studies show that chocolate can elevate your energy levels and has also been claimed to improve anemia, awaken the appetite, aid in digestion and improve longevity.


Almonds: 

Almonds provide essential fatty acids, known as omega-3s and omega-6s that produce an alert mental state. Keep a few on hand whenever you need a instant brain boosting snack.
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