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Ten foods of 2011 that will give you more energy

Posted by: jfrancis in Nutrition

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Our world today is a world filled with constant movement. There is no such thing as slowing down, only speeding up and those who can't keep up with this pace are at a high risk of being left behind. So how do we keep up with this fast pace world? For those who are not designed like the energizer bunny, many of us turn to coffee and other energy drinks and foods riddled with high doses of caffeine, sugar, and other unknown substances. But did you know there are other, healthier alternatives to these quick energy boosters that are not only good for your body but will also give you more energy over longer periods of time without the risk of a sugar crash side effect? It's true, Mother Nature has provided us with an abundance of resources that can help us keep up with this fast pace world and still feel good.

Here is a list of ten foods that will give you more energy:whole grains

Whole grains

Whole grains include foods like bread, pastas, and rice. What makes whole grains so important is because they are high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and contain antioxidants similar to the ones found in fruits and vegetables. It has also been proven that whole grains reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Oatmealoatmeal

Oat products are some of the best sources of soluble fiber, and by adding some fruits, honey and yogurt you have yourself and delicious, energy filled breakfast to help you start your day off right.

Bananasbananas

Bananas are filled with potassium, which helps your muscles contract. For people who spend most of their day sitting in one place for long periods of time, eating one banana per day can prevent muscle stiffness.

Orange juiceorange juice

Besides the fact that it's delicious, orange juice can help you get the most iron out of your other foods because it is rich in vitamin C.

Pastapasta

As mentioned before pasta, which is a whole grain food, is a great energy booster. It's packed with complex carbohydrates and is low in calories, sodium and fat.

Salmon  

Salmon is not only high in protein but it can also improve your cardiovascular health thanks to its high concentration of omega-3 fats and B vitamins.                      salmon

Beans

Despite their small size, beans are packed with protein fibers, vitamins and minerals. They are so good for you that the Departmbeansent of Agriculture recommends that all Americans eat at least three cups of beans per week.

Dried fruit

High in energy and low in fat, dried fruits are a fun little snack to have at any dried fruitstime of the day to give you more energy or to just curb your hunger. Although, remember to be cautious of what company your dried fruits come from, because some commercial packed dried fruits have been shown to contain sulfur dioxide which increases your chances of asthma.

Almonds

Not only are these the most nutrient rich nuts, but research shows that adding two ounces of almonds toalmonds your daily diet increases your intake of vitamin E and magnesium.

Yogurt

One cup of low fat yogurt contains almost 13 grams of pryogurtotein and 17 grams of carbohydrates, and with so many different flavors why would you not go for a cup of this delicious, easily accessible, energy boosting snack.

So what is it about these ten foods that give us so much energy? The answer is simple. These foods are low-glycemic foods (because they slowly release energy) that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in excess fats. What this means is that these foods contain the ideal nutrients that can give your body more natural energy for longer periods of time. By incorporating some of these foods into your diet and eliminating foods and drinks loaded with caffeine and sugar that only give you short spurts of energy (ie. chocolate, coffee, energy bars and drinks) from your diet, you will get more energy to help you get through your day and keep up with this fast pace life.

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Cathy
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written by Cathy, Tuesday, 02:49 PM, January 25, 2011
very useful article thankssmilies/grin.gif

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