Wednesday, November 14, 2012

These Super Foods Will Energize You in a Healthy Way

Greetings, All!

Here an article that I wrote for Workout Healthy Blog that I thought you might find beneficial. Follow the link below to read the entire post and let me know what you think!


These Super Foods Will Energize You in a Healthy Way

When feeling lethargic, it is fairly common that people reach for sugar, caffeine, and snacks to get up and going again. However, stimulant use has only short-term effects. Instead of reaching for coffee and energy drinks to boost energy levels, consuming super foods will provide that much-needed charge while ensuring optimal health.

According to Super, a “super food” is high in nutrients, generally lower in fats, and contains agents that enable the body to heal itself while reversing the effects of aging. Many of these foods have detoxifying properties and have been known to reduce the risk of and slow the progression of certain cancers and diseases (heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.). When the body is free of toxins and its systems are running smoothly, energy is more quickly derived from nutrient-packed foods. Super foods contain and deliver the highest amounts of energy and are available in every food group. Here are some examples of these power-packed foods:

Apples: contain powerful antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium; they are low in calories and heart healthy.

Beans: contain high amounts of protein and are low in fat; they regulate blood sugar and have high amounts of fiber, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and iron; they are heart healthy, help manage weight, and prevent certain types of cancer.

Blueberries: contain high levels of phytonutrients (“non-vitamin, non-mineral components of food that have significant healthful benefits”); they are excellent for central nervous system support and contain cancer-preventing agents.

Dark chocolate: contains flavonols which are plants that possess high antioxidant properties; also comprised of fats, protein, and carbohydrates; contains significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee; increases good cholesterol and is heart-healthy.

Here is the link to the full article:

Be good to yourself! More next time...