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Natural Energy from your kitchen?

By Victoria Lafean

Getting natural energy doesn’t mean going to the organic health-food store and buying things that look and taste like rabbit food, and not the leafy kind. Yuck! Natural energy can come right out of your kitchen. Here are three energy-giving foods that you can get from your kitchen.

Whole Grains: Our bodies use carbohydrates to fuel itself. So carbohydrates are essentially good for you. There are many carbohydrates out there, but one of the best and healthiest is whole grains. Foods such as brown rice, whole grain pasta, oatmeal, and whole grain breads would be your best choice. These foods are loaded with ‘B’ vitamins. This gives your metabolism a nice natural boost.

Fruit: Fruit contains natural sugars, vitamin ‘C’ and fiber. There is nothing bad there. Strawberries and oranges are popular for the health factor due to them not only being a natural energy booster. More energy producing fruits are grapes, cherries, and melons. Frozen fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries make excellent morning smoothies to give that burst of energy that some usually rely on coffee to give.

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Broccoli and other green vegetables: Lack of iron can result in lack of energy. Broccoli, spinach, collard greens, and other dark leafy vegetables are excellent sources of iron. As another bonus, these foods also contain vitamin ‘C’ and antioxidants, which help you stay strong and healthy.

For some, this may be a lot to incorporate into their everyday lifestyle. It can possibly be too pricy also. Let’s try snacks. Everyone snacks throughout the day. Let’s make those snacks worth it by giving energy. According to Everyday Health, almonds are a superstar in the snack world, as they contain important nutrients, like magnesium and B vitamins, that help convert food to energy.  Pistachios have a combination of protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that add up to a perfectly satisfying snack. Pistachios’ rich protein content makes them an ideal food for energy all day long. Hummus is another snacking food great for energy. The fiber and protein that the beans provide stabilize blood sugar, take the edge off hunger, and boost energy. Popcorn, peanut butter, and yogurt are protein rich. This helps you stay fuller longer thus giving the energy to stabilize you throughout the day.

With these foods, you can boost your natural energy and in these days, who doesn’t want a boost of life?

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Victoria Lafean has been writing since the age of seven. She previously focused on journalism in college, serving as editor in chief of the Erie Square Gazette and receiving a degree in Journalism. After starting a writer’s workshop at the Newton Falls Library in Ohio, and creating a monthly newsletter for The Pines at Brookhouse Assisted Living, Lafean shifted her focus to becoming a well-established author. Wicker Hill is her first novel and O.C.D One Cool Dude is her first children’s book. Both are available through Amazon and Createspace.

Lafean currently resides in Fort Irwin, California. Lafean’s husband Evan is currently serving as a soldier in the U.S Army. Her hometown is Port Huron Michigan. Both Evan and Victoria hope to return after Evan completes his military service.

 

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1 comment

Kathleen Knowles February 27, 2019 at 9:58 am

I love veggies, but berries of any kind . . . yuk, yuk! Good info in the article

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