by ADMIN on MAY 18, 2012
We’ve all been there: those mornings or afternoons when you feel zapped of any energy. When all you really want to do is curl up in a ball and take a nap. When you feel as though you’ve stared at the computer screen for so long that nothing makes sense.
Keeping up your energy throughout the day can be a challenge. Yet how and what you eat can make a huge difference.
Here are NINE foods that can help boost your energy, keep you on your toes, and even increase your metabolism!
Almonds, Hazelnuts, and Walnuts. These nuts contain magnesium, which is important in converting the foods we eat into energy. They are also rich in protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, so they help keep you feeling full for longer and help to normalize blood sugar levels. In fact, walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon. Speaking of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a super star fish because it’s highest in this healthy fat. One of the many benefits of omega-3’s is that they keep your thyroid working properly and your hormones in balance. Fatty acids also lower your leptin levels, which makes the body burn more calories rather than store them as fat.
Leafy Greens. Leafy greens are not only packed with fiber which keeps you full and satisfied, but they also have folate – a key nutrient in energy production.
Beans. Beans are loaded with fiber – there are 15 grams in 1 cup of cooked black beans! More fiber means less hunger and more lasting energy.
Quinoa. This is quite a trendy grain right now, but for a good reason. It’s not only packed with fiber, but also protein – double threat!
Whey. Scientists are finding that whey, the liquid component of milk, provides signals to the body that affect both short and long-term food intake regulation. Meaning it helps with satiety, keeping you feeling full for longer. Studies are also finding that people who consume dairy products (yogurt, milk, cheese, cottage cheese) gain more muscle and lose more fat when trying to lose weight! (This is primarily due to the amount of amino acid Leucine – which is high in products with whey).
Spices. Capsaicin, the ‘hot’ ingredient in jalapenos, red pepper flakes, and cayenne; speeds up your heart rate slightly. This in turn increases your metabolism temporarily up to 25% for up to 3 hours – so you’re burning more calories! It also has been shown to suppress appetite.
Whole Grains. Hearty grains such as millet, bulgur, barley, and buckwheat are unprocessed and contain B vitamins that are essential components in energy production.
Ice Water. Research shows that for 10 minutes after drinking iced water, your metabolism may be boosted up to 30% – so you’re burning more calories! Plus, being properly hydrated will prevent you from mistaking thirst for hunger… which can happen quite often.