Now That's Energy: Our Best Tips for All-Day Energy
Surprisingly Un-Healthy StuffBeat the five top "good-for-you" goofs.
- You think eating breakfast is healthy, but: "Any food with a lot of added sugar, even yogurt, can make your energy level take a nosedive about an hour after you eat it," says Blatner. Stick to a mix of protein, fiber, and whole grains; choose yogurt with 12 grams of sugar or less.
- You think salad is healthy, but: Greens won't do you much good if you drown them in cheese, croutons, and creamy dressing. "Fat takes a long time to be digested and makes us feel sluggish," explains Blatner. Instead, load up on lean protein such as chicken, fiber-rich chickpeas, and nutritious veggies like tomatoes, broccoli, and red peppers.
- You think any snack that isn't fried is healthy, but: Low-fat, low-cal pretzels and potato chips seem like a smart snack -- trouble is, "these processed dry foods speed through your system," says Blatner. Choose popcorn or multigrain pretzels for a steady, long-lasting energy boost.
- You think dried fruit is healthy, but: It's loaded with sugar. Munch on raw fruit instead. "The water in it will energize you," says Blatner.
- You think coffee is healthy, but: Drink too much and you can get the jitters. Your best bet for improved focus and quick thinking -- without the shakes -- is to stick to about two cups before noon, advises Blatner.
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