Food For Fuel

August 3, 2015

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Looking For a Quick Energy Boost?

Before you reach for that fourth cup of coffee, consider some healthier alternatives. Eating breakfast regularly and snacking periodically throughout the day, as well as drinking lots of water, can keep energy levels high all day long!  In addition, there are specific foods which provide a quick energy boost without the extra additives.

Carbohydrates can serve as an excellent source of energy, but can be found in array of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Unhealthy foods, such as white bread, pastries and soda are highly processed forms of carbohydrates. These refined carbohydrates provide temporary sources of energy by raising blood sugar levels, but they eventually slow the body down leaving you more tired and hungry.

Choosing complex carbohydrates, such as high-fiber whole-grain bread, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, and most vegetables are healthy alternatives. These foods take longer to break down, so your blood sugar levels rise and fall more gradually Fruits, such as apples or bananas contain natural sugars and fiber to keep you energized and are easy to grab for when you are on the go throughout the workday. Cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts are high in magnesium, which plays a key role in converting sugar to energy. Keep a bag of mixed nuts or chex mix in your desk drawer to fight off mid-morning cravings. Start your day with oatmeal or a high-fiber cereal to stay full until lunch, or snack on whole-grain crackers or granola bars for an afternoon boost.

Next time you need an energy boost, reach for one of these foods and choose a healthy alternative to an afternoon cup of coffee! 

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