5 Foods For All Natural Energy
As a fitness fanatic and extreme athlete the hardest thing for me to do when trying to lose weight is to find a way to stay energized. Finding foods that can keep your energy level up that aren't loaded with a bunch of junk like sugars can be troubling.
We’re bombarded with so many so called “all natural energy” products that it’s hard to decipher what’s real from what’s fake!
We've all heard the advertisements that sound a bit like this….
"Try our new ENERGY GUM, just chew one piece and you'll be able to roar like a lion"
"Try our new energy sunglasses and shirt, just put them on and you'll have instant energy".
The amount of crap on the market for these days is mind boggling. Just about anything has been turned into a "Natural energy supplement" of some kind. The word "natural" has been molded into something it really isn't.
The only so called natural energy source would be in eating the right foods and drinking water. We need to stop depending on these "natural energy shots" to help us get through our entire day, and start depending on what nature intended us to get energy from, our food.
3 foods to add to your grocery list!
Bananas are the original "natures energy supplement", and have been called so way before the advent of all the nonsense on the market. Bananas are very rich in potassium which is a very beneficial micro-nutrient that is a key for energy production.
For those of you looking to get some energy before your workout, without having to use some kind of pre-workout supplement. Eat 1 banana about 30 minutes before your workout that should give you ample time to reap the energy benefits of the banana.
I've often heard that you need to cut ALL carbohydrates out in order to effectively lose weight. For some that may work, however it's going to leave your tank empty in the energy department.
I say utilize SMART SELECTIONS so that your body won't be left feeling drained, but instead keep it up so your body will maintain adequate blood glucose levels without the crap energy spike and crash at the end.
Oatmeal is one of those foods that can give you that energy without the crash. The digestive time takes a little bit longer then a banana to feel the energy effect, but overall it will leave you feeling full and energized.
Oatmeal is very high in fiber and very low in sugar, so you don't have to worry about the spike and crash effect afterwards. Oatmeal is super cheap and very easy to make, even someone who stinks in the kitchen like myself can make it without any real problems.
Your basic half cup of oatmeal has around 180 calories, so you don't have to worry about it ruining your dieting efforts.
Most of you who lift weights and are looking for mass, know exactly that this is a food that you should supplementing with. Egg whites are very high in protein and very low in calories, about 15 calories per white to be exact.
Protein is essential in helping to build new muscle and maintain current muscle mass. So eating egg whites is a must if you're looking to get some good energy and muscle building benefits.
Salmon can provide you with an adequate amount of protein; it's also very low in fat and calories. The fat that's in salmon is good fat, some of you may be thinking " good fat?". Yes, good fats help to regulate your cholesterol levels and keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Salmon should be eaten a couple times a week, no more than that though. When purchasing your salmon, make sure you get it from a reputable location. There are a lot of genetically modified versions that can do more harm than good to us.
Quinoa has been said to be superior to brown rice, it has more fiber than brown rice and is jam packed with other important nutrients.
These are just an example of certain food that you can eat to get some good energy. There’s a TON of other foods out there that you can be utilizing for energy.
What you should do is play around with certain combinations of foods and see what works the best for you. Also eat them at certain times of the day and see what works the best for that point in time of the day.
FOODS FOR ENERGY