Natural Energy Foods
Natural Energy Foods that will be found in some of our recipes in the next month just might not seem like Natural Energy Foods until you have added them to your diet.
Most people are lacking energy and feel the pressures of stress while they are trying to deal with their responsibilities at home or work. These constant high stress levels are detrimental to long-term health. Achieving and maintaining sustainable energy levels throughout the day must be planned for with natural energy foods.
The following natural foods are rich in the essential nutrients we need to maintain these high energy levels. Plan your shopping and food preparation to include these ingredients in your diet.
Soybeans are loaded with nutrients that help energize you. It is a rich source of B-vitamins, phosphorous and copper. B-vitamins play an important role in breaking down carbohydrates and converting them into glucose to serve as our body’s fuel. These are the same vitamins responsible for transporting oxygen through the entire body. Phosphorous and copper also have an important task of releasing energy into the different cells of the body for use as fuel.
Eating seven almonds will give you a complete serving of calcium, protein, magnesium and fiber. Clinical studies have proven the ability of almonds to help lower bad cholesterol levels and bring down elevated blood pressure. Another great advantage about these tiny nuts is that they are very portable and durable making it easier for you to have on hand every time you feel the need for an energy-packed snack. Raw, Unsalted are better……
If you are feeling tired and lethargic include broccoli in your daily diet. These feelings of tiredness can be due to the battle that is taking place inside your body. When your body is continually fighting inflammation and the adverse effects of free radicals you will tire easily, especially when you are not eating correctly every day. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and lutein to make your system stronger against free-radical damage. When preparing broccoli, just steam or stir-fry lightly. You can also eat it raw to ensure you get the utmost goodness from the nutrients per serving.
Spinach contains vitamin A and other nutrients such as B vitamin folate, magnesium, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Folate is known to be very helpful in fighting against inflammation and reducing fatigue.
Sweet potatoes contain complex carbohydrates that are absorbed in your body slowly thereby avoiding the sudden sugar spikes which result from eating foods that only contain refined carbs. Sweet potatoes are also good sources of beta-carotene, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and fiber.
Constant pressures of work and family combined with poor diet can cause difficulty in concentration as the brain is deprived of its fuel. Eating a high-GI snack may give a very short term reprieve but will be quickly followed by a corresponding energy slump in mind and body.
Low-GI intake will provide a longer lasting benefit but not rapid improvement. The ideal is something in between. Snacking on blueberries will provide noticeable improvements in your cognitive performance without a corresponding sugar slump afterwards. Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin which acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory at the same time.
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Salmon contains anti-inflammatory compounds best known as omega-3 fatty acids which are known to be helpful in preventing chronic fatigue. Studies have shown that eating more wild caught salmon and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids combined with the avoidance of processed foods will greatly assist in preventing energy slumps.
So now you have a list of natural energy foods that will also help you lose weight! The reason is simple. More energy means more motivation. More motivation leads to more exercise and healthier eating. To learn more about clean eating and the Whole Foods Lifestyle, Join us.
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