Eat Your Way To Increased Energy

Eat Your Way To Increased Energy

Eat Your Way To Increased Energy
With these 10 Super Foods

Eat Your Way To Increased EnergyYou probably know by now that eating a hearty amount of vegetables and fruits is the forefront in getting fit and staying energized. Nutritious foods serve many purposes– everything from slimming down to helping you feel balanced and clear-headed throughout the day. These super foods are great additions to your meals because you can eat them in large amounts, get full quickly and pack your body with nutrients! Unfortunately, not all fruits and vegetables are created equal.

One of the premises of the ReShape Weight Loss plan is to eat nutrient-dense food that supports your energy. As you learn to manage your blood sugar through nutrient-rich food, you’ll see an increase in your energy level throughout each day.

The benefits of eating super foods are clear. You’ll receive:

–       More energy
–       Reduced food cravings
–       Feelings of fullness
–       Improved sense of well-being

Top 10 Super Foods

Recently, UCLA Health System dietitian Dana Hunnes, shared her top 10 super foods. They are:

Isolated almonds1. Almonds

Why: Packed with fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamin D.

Tip: Almonds are great for your body, but it’s important to remember portion control. Instead of grabbing them from a jar, put a few in a plastic baggie at the beginning of your day to reduce the risk of over-indulgence.



2. Apples

Why: Good source of vitamin C and pectin, which can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.

Tip: Next time you eat an apple, pair it with some string cheese! This is one of my favorite snacks when I’m on the go!
Try my Apple a la Mode Shake

 


Blueberries

3. Blueberries

Why: Blueberries are low-calories and high in

fiber, vitamin C phytonutrients. All of these benefits lead to help with short-term memory and healthy aging.

Tip: Blend blueberries with soymilk and protein powder for a simple and delicious protein shake!
Try my Blueberry Sunrise Shake

 



4.  Broccoli

Why: Contains calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and phytonutrients.  The combination of all of these vitamins and antioxidants help prevent chronic diseases, diabetes and some cancers.

Tip: Grill up some fish and season with lemon, pepper and garlic. Steam broccoli and serve as a side for a delicious dinner!
Try this for dinner: Broccoli-Tofu Stir-Fry

 


A bowl of mixed dry beans with a white background.
5. Beans

Why: Beans are a heavy-hitter, because of their low-calorie nature and the fact that they’re loaded with: protein, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin.

Tip: Cutting down on meat? Use beans as a meat alternative, or blend in some chickpeas into your smoothie for added protein and creamy texture.
Try this ReShape recipe for lunch: Tuscan Bean and Tuna Salad

 



6. Beets

Why: Beets are rich in betacyanin (cancer-fighting agent), manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.

Tip: If you aren’t fond of beets, try adding them to a green juice for a gorgeous purple-crimson color.

 


Fresh spinach
7.  Spinach

Why: Because your mom said so! But she was right – spinach is filled with nutrients that boost your immune system and may help improve your hair and skin.

Tip: Hide a handful of spinach in your protein smoothie with some berries.
Indulge in my Edamame and Spinach Salad Recipe

 



8. Sweet Potatoes

Why: This fat-free, low-calorie option is high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins (B6, C and E) and potassium.

Tip: Skip the butter and salt and instead sprinkle some cinnamon on the top for a sweet flare that your taste buds will love.

 



9. Wheat Germ

Why: Wheat germ offers a highly concentrated source of protein, iron and zinc. It also includes multiple nutrients, including niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc.

Tip: Wheat germ is the part of the seed that contains the most vitamins and minerals. Mix into your greek yogurt with some granola to add nutrients to your breakfast.

Banana Smoothie


10. Bananas

Why: High in potassium, phytonutrients and multiple vitamins. Bananas also help you feel full and are great to aid in digestion.

Tip: Although bananas make this list of super foods, keep its calories and sugar level in count. Try adding half of a banana to a protein shake for extra flavor.
Try my recipe for Banana-Nut Pops

Are you ready to pack your plate with these nutrient-dense, energy-boosting foods? Try these exclusive ReShape recipes to help you along your way:

Farmer’s Market Chopped Salad
Tilapia Saute with Greens

Here’s to your health!
Kathy Smith