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  • 8 of the Best Foods to Boost Your Energy Naturally

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      8 of the Best Foods to Boost Your Energy Naturally

      Energy — it’s something we all want more of — but is it possible to boost your energy levels naturally? The good news: yes! Besides getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and managing your stress, choosing the right foods to eat can play a major role in enhancing your energy.1 But not all foods are created equal — it’s key to make choices that will give you a natural boost without experiencing a crash later in the day.

      To help give you a pick-me-up the next time you’re feeling sluggish, we’ve compiled the eight best foods to boost your energy — so it’s easier for you to make a choice when you’re looking for some energy in your next meal or snack. In moderation, they’re all great for weight loss too — you’ll find them in meals from Jenny Craig or on the Fresh & Free Additions list. Check out the slideshow to see if you already have any in your kitchen: 


      [1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/energy-and-fatigue/9-tips-to-boost-your-energy-naturally

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      Brown Rice

      Relatively low in calories, brown rice has a few more nutrients that white rice lacks, particularly fiber.2 Not only can the fiber in brown rice potentially lower your cholesterol, but it also promotes feelings of fullness while providing you with sustainable energy.3 Since brown rice is a complex carbohydrate, it releases energy into the body over time to avoid the sudden crash you experience after eating simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar. A third cup of brown rice is all you’ll need for a great tasting, nutritious side dish.



      [2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319797.php
      [3] https://bit.ly/2PNuiVf

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      Some studies have found the fresh scent of this easy-to-grow herb may increase alertness and reduce fatigue.4 It makes an invigorating tea that’s perfect on cold days when you need a little pick-me-up. Grab a handful of fresh mint leaves, add them to a teacup, and pour boiling water over the top. Let the tea steep for a few minutes and enjoy.4



      [4] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mint-benefits#section4

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      Sesame Seeds

      These seeds are nutrient dense and have a high fat (the good kind!) and protein content that’s perfect for adding a little nutty crunch to a variety of dishes.5 Sprinkle a tablespoon of sesame seeds (approximately 52 calories6) on your salad or throw some into a sauté pan with broccoli for some extra flavor. 



      [5] http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/nutrition/article/sesame-little-seeds-big-health-benefits 

      [6] https://bit.ly/2JeWii5

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      Sweet Potatoes

      Another complex carb that is great for lasting energy, this fiber-rich, bright orange veggie is an excellent source of vitamin B6. B6 helps release energy from the foods you eat, giving you an added benefit.7 With more nutrients than your regular potato, the sweet potato delivers a boost you’ll appreciate during exercise, whether that’s running, biking or playing with your kids. 



      [7] https://bit.ly/2D2k8gN

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       Like sweet potatoes, the benefits of fish like salmon and tuna come from a powerful B vitamin that helps convert food into energy: B12.8  It’s an ideal lean protein source for when you want a little extra pep in your step, without the heaviness of fattier meats.



      [8] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/ 

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      Egg Whites

      Two large egg whites deliver just over seven grams of protein.9 The body breaks down protein more slowly than carbohydrates, making it a good source of long-lasting energy.10



      [9] https://bit.ly/2EHtTmd

      [10] https://www.cnn.com/2012/11/26/health/healthy-energy/index.html

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      Cocoa Powder

      Loaded with minerals and antioxidants, a tablespoon of cocoa powder delivers concentrated chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder also packs a modest punch of caffeine, great for when you need a quick pick-me-up. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to freshly-ground coffee, mix to combine and brew to enjoy a rich cup of joe with extra flavor.11  



      [11] https://bit.ly/2Nqvf4B

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      It’s not technically a food, but hydrating with plenty of water is necessary to digest high-energy foods. Drinking water before and after meals helps to break down food and transport energy and nutrients throughout the body.12 Without proper hydration, you may feel more tired and have difficulty concentrating.13  



      [12] https://mayocl.in/2JhfsCP

      [13] https://bit.ly/2EUvq8X

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      Ready to get energized?

      By incorporating these delicious foods into your meals, you may find you have more energy throughout the day. Try balancing your meals with complex carbohydrates, filling proteins, and plenty of fresh vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables — then wash it all down with a glass of water to fuel your body properly for wherever the day may take you. 

      For tips on how to find the best energy-packed foods for your lifestyle, get in touch with a Jenny Craig consultant and sign up for your free appointment today


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