High Energy Food Choices
Boost your energy level with choices from the following list of foods that are also excellent choices for maintaining a healthy liver.
First, a few quick tips to help you stay on track.
You need to keep plenty of water close by throughout the day so your not tempted to drink other beverages, and....
try to plan your healthy snacks ahead of time so you have them handy, and your not tempted to visit the vending machine or convenience store when you get hungry.
Avoid breads and sugary snacks. These will always slow you down.
I have also found that eating your meats and proteins with veggies, or, your carbs with veggies seems to be more energizing. Avoid eating meats and carbs together for awhile and see if you notice a difference.
That last tip may sound strange, but it seems to benefit some people. I can usually tell a difference, but my husband says he doesn't, so just experiment and see what works for you.
The most important thing to remember is don't overeat! Overeating any food will make you tired.
- Water-I realize water probably isn't what you would consider a snack, but without water your body can't generate energy! You must have plenty of water to maintain a healthy liver. Try to drink 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water daily. If you're going to have a problem giving up your sodas, try this: Mix your favorite fruit juice (I love grape and orange) with seltzer water, half juice and half seltzer, and chill or pour over ice. It's really a great alternative! Keep in mind that sodas are extremely bad for your liver.
- Bananas, Apples, Grapes, Peaches, and Pineapples are some top fruit choices.
- Vegetables. A fresh salad with a little protein can be invigorating.
- Oatmeal (not instant!) and other low-glycemic carbs such as, Whole-grain Breads and Brown Rice.
- Sardines (water-packed), Salmon, and Shellfish
- Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Cashews, and other Nuts.
- Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds.
- Beans: Lentils, Kidney, Garbanzo, Black, Lima... there are so many!
- Peanut Butter-Just be sure to stick with an all-natural peanut butter and don't overdo it.
- Edamame (soybeans) and Soy Nuts.
- Wild Blueberries, Strawberries, Lots of Berries....Great in Smoothies!
- Kale (and other leafy greens)...The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) rates Kale as the top vegetable over nearly 85 other vegetables! Lots of Vitamins and Minerals.
- Watermelon and Cantaloupe
- Hard-Boiled Eggs-when possible go for the Omega 3 enriched eggs!
- Yogurt-preferably low fat. Even better, and healthier...
check out this link and learn to make your own yogurt
- Steak-just make sure it's high-quality and low in fat, and limit your steak intake to about once per week.
- Cocoa (Yes!)-In moderation and always opt for dark chocolate which has the fewest calories and the most antioxidants. Many people are surprised to learn of the
health benefits of dark chocolate.
- High Protein Energy Bars-I must warn you: Many of the bars that are on the market are high in sugar and calories and will make you tired! A quality bar will be low-glycemic and contain vitamins and minerals.
How about this snack for all of you chocolate lovers out there....
Dip 4 large strawberries into an ounce of melted dark chocolate for an indulgent yet nutritious snack.
The important thing to remember is never overeat. That will destroy your energy level every time.
Be sure to check out the ever-growing recipe section to find recipes for tasty and healthy meals and snacks.
Another great source for healthy, high energy snacks is an e-book called 100 Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats.
How about Almond Cookies or Coconut Fudge Bars or maybe Frozen Vanilla Bliss!?!? No unhealthy ingredients included!!
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