Yummy In My Tummy: Tasty Foods That Keep You Energized

May 23, 2013  |  

Chowing down on a McDonald’s #2 meal isn’t going to sustain you for the long haul. You’ll run out of gas fast. If you’re looking for more pep in your step, you’ve got to eat foods that give you the power. Otherwise, you’ll feel like Lord Slug. Let’s also dispel the notion that healthy foods that boost stamina can’t be tasty. The following power foods are big on taste and boosting energy.

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Blueberries

Blueberries have the highest antioxidant count in the fruit category. They strengthen your immune system and are a natural anti-aging agent. This tiny berry is also known for reducing belly fat, promoting vision and fighting cancer. Fresh blueberries can be a delicious addition to a hot bowl of oatmeal.

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Eggs

The incredible, edible egg is great for a protein-pick-me-up breakfast that will keep you functioning happily at work. A good source of choline, eggs support healthy brain and cardiovascular functions. It also reduces the chance of developing cataracts of the eyes.

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Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great source of dairy, protein and fiber. This yogurt does an excellent job of curbing your appetite. With probiotics, it also supports healthy digestion. The best part? Picking out a new flavor!

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Oatmeal

Whole grain oatmeal is chock full of soluble fiber to keep you fuller, longer. It’s full of antioxidants that combat high cholesterol. Also, oatmeal is known for lowering risks of several diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Indulge in a hot bowl for breakfast to warm your spirits and reap the many health benefits.

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Grapefruit

This pink fruit helps lower your cholesterol. It is also popular for helping with weight loss efforts. Grapefruit prevents arthritis and works as an antiseptic. It’s a cancer fighter and helps lower cholesterol too.

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Almonds

A handful of almonds is the perfect snack to keep you moving when you feel yourself winding down. Aside from being tasty, almonds contain fiber and protein which aids in weight loss and lowering blood sugar.

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Apples

Want to avoid getting sick? Eat an apple. Apples have vitamin C and fiber, and have natural antioxidants that boost immunity. Take advantage of the reddish, yellow autumn HoneyCisp apple that has your taste buds jamming.

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Spinach

Only 7 calories per cup of fresh spinach, this dark green vegetable carries both calcium and magnesium. It is known to keep bones from breaking down and stave off birth defects.

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Dark Chocolate

Full of antioxidants, dark chocolate is every girl’s dream. Not only do you get to satisfy a sweet tooth, but you also get to help alleviate stress by chomping down on this dark cocoa goodness.

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Bell Peppers

Protect your peepers by enjoying bell peppers in a salad or sauteed with chicken. This super food has lutein, vitamin C and zeaxanthin-all agents in the prevention of vision loss.

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Strawberries

The only fruit with seeds on the outside, strawberries are sweet and full of antioxidants, which promotes a healthy heart. It’s also known to help regulate the thyroid – an often overlooked problem.

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Broccoli

This green veggie has tons of vitamin C and A, and has even been known to promote elasticity in the skin. No need for Botox when you can simply eat your serving of broccoli each day.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, C, E and fiber. They are also high in vitamin B6, which fights off heart attacks. In addition, this iron-packed food is a stress reducer.  A relatively inexpensive meal, sweet potatoes can be enjoyed alone or as a side dish.

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Almond Milk

With twice as much calcium as regular milk, almond milk is sweet and highly preferred over regular milk. With it’s distinct, creamy taste, almond milk boasts magnesium, potassium and Vitamin E. Calories are lower in almond milk than regular milk and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated.

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Avocado

Similar to oatmeal, avocados are known to help lower cholesterol levels and reduce chances for heart disease. In addition, it suppresses depressed tendencies and aids in weight loss, typically in the belly area.

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