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Energy Eating: 5 Power Foods to Boost Mood and Energy

Fatty fish is good for your energy level. Not so good for the fish. Fatty fish is good for your energy level. Not so good for the fish.

 

Spring is near and it’s time to shape up and shave off those extra pounds. Pairing these power foods with a well-balanced workout routine will help you increase lean muscle mass and lose weight, as well as strengthen your bones, lower blood pressure and fight heart disease. These are the foods that give you the most health benefits in the least amount of calories.

Whole Grain Breads and Cereals

Unrefined carbs like brown rice and whole-grain breads provide a panoply of nutrients, including fiber and protein. Don’t be fooled by refined carbs under the guise of “whole wheat.” These products are stripped of nutrients and fiber that keep your blood sugar stable. The extra insulin leaves you feeling unfocused and antsy, then sluggish as your blood sugar plummets.

Fatty Fish

Filling up on omega-3-rich fish like mackerel, trout, herring, tuna and salmon improves memory function, fights against mood disorders and heart disease, and lowers leptin levels (the higher your leptin levels, the more readily your body stores calories as fat). Fish, rich in protein, iron and zinc, builds muscle, while omega-3s help your body better absorb vitamin B12, a lack of which has been linked to confusion, numbness and fatigue.

Almonds and Other Nuts

Full of protein, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, nuts build muscle and decrease food cravings. Eat them raw with the skins intact because the sodium in salted or smoked nuts can spike your blood pressure. Almonds are an especially good source of magnesium, which relieves aching, post-workout muscles.

Dark, Leafy Greens

Packed with vitamins, including A, C and K, these power players, including spinach and kale, neutralize free radicals (molecules that accelerate the aging process). They’re also loaded with folate, which protects against heart disease, stroke and colon cancer, as well as iron, crucial for boosting energy levels.

Raspberries and Blueberries

Berries contain flavonoids that improve your eyesight, balance and short-term memory, as well as antioxidants, all-purpose compounds that help your body fight heart disease and cancer. One cup of raspberries contains six grams of fiber and more than half your daily requirement of vitamin C. Blueberries also contain soluble fiber, which keeps you full longer. What a delicious, natural way to help you shed those winter pounds.

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