April 14, 2021 | by: Amanda Misner

Foods That Boost Energy (And Some That Drain It)

Energy-boosting:
⇒ Bananas:  A great way to quickly get a boost of energy from their naturally occurring sugar, fructose, which is a carbohydrate.
⇒ Eggs:  A powerhouse of protein and nutrients that help with energy metabolism and slow sugar absorption in the bloodstream when paired with carbs.
⇒ Black beans:  Not only versatile, they are an excellent source of plant-based protein, gut-healthy fiber and energy-boosting carbs. And iron.
⇒ Pistachios:  The trio of protein, fiber and fat helps keep you fuller for longer and provides sustained energy.
⇒ Water:  Surprise! One of the biggest signs of dehydration is fatigue. Keeping yourself well-hydrated can quickly turn fatigue into a boost of energy.

Energy-draining:
⇒ Caffeine/Energy Drinks:  Not only can they lead to a caffeine crash about 5 hours after consumption, if you consume them later in the day, they can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep and leave you tired the next day.
⇒ Candy:  Sugary candy provides a momentary burst of energy, but then causes an energy zap.
⇒ Steak:  After eating steak, your body has to go into overdrive digesting and metabolizing the extra protein. Your energy will be drained and you’ll likely feel sluggish and overly full.
⇒ Fruit smoothies:  Without the right balance of ingredients, your blood sugar levels will spike and you’ll feel hungry, and experience an energy slump shortly afterward.
⇒ Low-calorie frozen meals:  In addition to usually not providing enough calories for a full meal their high amounts of sodium lead to water retention, bloating and fatigue.

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Source: Huffington Post

~Amanda