Life becomes a lot easier when you realize that food is fuel and we eat to live, rather than live to eat. Instead of thinking of food as a means to fulfill a craving, start thinking of it as a way of putting some gas in your body and soon you will see that you have more energy and less sugar cravings. We all have different rhythms in our day and it’s important to reach for something that will give us the boost when our energy feels depleted. Whether you dip in the late morning or early afternoon, you will benefit by grabbing for one of these three power foods to lift those energy levels up again.
Eggs. These protein powerhouses aren’t just for breakfast and they work to fuel you regardless the time of day. Not only are they incredibly filling, but because they are packed with protein and amino acids, they stimulate energy production. The amino acid, leucine increases the amount of blood sugar that cells take in which results in an accelerated breakdown of fat to produce energy. Not to mention the abundance of vitamin B, which helps assist enzymes perform their job of breaking down food for energy.
Fatty fish. We all know that fish is good for the brain, but it also excels upping the B12 in your body, which is an essential nutrient that maintains the body’s nerve and blood cells. It increases the production of DNA and helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, which is a type of anemia that causes fatigue and weakness. The B12 found in fish like tuna and salmon is known for teaming up with folic acid to produce red blood cells that help iron work more productively in the body. Optimal levels of iron and red blood cells fight fatigue and boost energy.
Strawberries. Not only is this one of the tastiest berries around, but strawberries are a source of fiber, carbs, and sugars that naturally enhance energy levels. One cup of these powerful berries will also give you 149% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C which is essential for the development, growth, and repair of the tissues in the body. It forms collagen, aids in the absorption of iron, builds the immune system to help fight off illness, assists with the repair and healing of wounds, and maintains the bones, teeth, and cartilage. It’s hard to believe that there are so many perks in such a tasty fruit, and the best part is that strawberries can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. Add your strawberries to a salad with some chicken and enjoy!
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