Supercharge Your Slim-Down
Eat for Energy
If your body were an engine, the foods highlighted in our recipes would be high-octane gasoline. Here's why:
Kale: The healthy plant nitrates in this leafy green increase blood flow to tired muscles.
Cinnamon: This spice has been shown to regulate your blood sugar, meaning that your energy level won't spike only to come crashing down.
Yogurt: Even a slight vitamin B12 deficiency can make you feel zonked. Luckily, one cup of yogurt fulfills nearly half your daily quota.
Strawberries: They're 92 percent water, which (duh!) staves off energy-zapping dehydration.
Walnuts: Omega-3s lower fatigue-inducing inflammation; walnuts are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of them.
Edamame: Iron transports oxygen throughout your body, and these are packed with the mineral as well as with vitamin C, which helps your body absorb it.
Sunflower seeds: These are a top source of magnesium, a mineral that helps you work out harder and longer.
Avocados: Their folate and vitamin B6 are key for converting food into fuel. Bonus: The nutrients may also boost your mood.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2014.
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