Yesterday we began a brief discussion on high-energy foods vs. low energy foods, where we covered the top five foods to avoid. Today we’re going to pick up with the top four foods every woman should regularly incorporate into her diet for long-lasting, high energy.
High Energy Foods To Eat
Fresh Fruit. Eating fresh fruit every day is perfect for soothing those sugar cravings and giving your body a burst of energy. Apples are great for their low-sugar, high-fiber content and will help perk up any sleepy morning. Berries, on the other hand, provide a powerful antioxidant punch and help to keep you looking younger, longer. Vary the types of fruit you eat for maximum impact.
Fresh Veggies. Veggies are great sources for high-energy foods. They pack few calories and will fill you up quickly. Veggies also help keep the metabolism running strong. The only exception here are potatoes, which should be eaten sparingly because of their tendency to make blood sugar levels spike then dip.
Whole-Grain Carbs. These are wonderful high-energy foods that will keep you going and going for a long time. Because they are slower to digest, whole-grain carbs will also keep you full over a longer period of time. Their low-glycemic content ensures that the blood-sugar roller coaster is avoided.
Lean-Proteins. Protein plays an essential role in keeping you energized all day long. This is why the best high-energy foods are snacks that are high in protein and low in carbs. Take, for example, lightly roasted or raw nuts with dried fruit – the perfect combination for lasting energy. Other lean-proteins like egg whites or peanut butter also make for healthy snacks.
In order to ensure that you’ve got the energy you need in order to complete your day successfully, incorporate the above four high-energy foods into every meal and snack. Not only will it help to avoid the afternoon slump, you may just end up losing excess pounds too!