FAB Health: Foods for Energy

9 Feb

We’ve reached the middle of winter, and it can be tempting to curl up in a Snuggie and veg out on the couch until spring. Unfortunately, FAB Girls have school, extracurricular activities, and maybe even a part time job. Did you know there are certain foods you can eat to give you more energy?

There has been a movement in the diet industry to get people to cut back on carbs, or carbohydrates. But there are two types of carbohydrates, and one is better for you.

From http://kidshealth.org/kid/nutrition/food/carb.html#:

Simple carbohydrates: These are also called simple sugars. Simple sugars are found in refined sugars, like the white sugar you’d find in a sugar bowl. If you have a lollipop, you’re eating simple carbs. But you’ll also find simple sugars in more nutritious foods, such as fruit and milk. It’s better to get your simple sugars from food like fruit and milk. Why? Because sugar isn’t added to these foods and they also contain vitamins, fiber, and important nutrients like calcium. A lollipop has lots of added sugar and doesn’t contain important nutrients.

Complex carbohydrates: These are also called starches. Starches include grain products, such as bread, crackers, pasta, and rice. As with simple sugars, some complex carbohydrate foods are better choices than others. Refined (say: ree-find) grains, such as white flour and white rice, have been processed, which removes nutrients and fiber. But unrefined grains still contain these vitamins and minerals. Unrefined grains also are rich in fiber, which helps your digestive system work well. Fiber helps you feel full, so you are less likely to overeat these foods. That explains why a bowl of oatmeal fills you up better than sugary candy with the same amount of calories as the oatmeal.

Bad carbs, such as the simple sugars found in candy or soda, cause a rapid increase in blood sugar. The process is quick, leaving you hungry and less energetic all over again. Complex carbs leave you feeling fuller longer and help you maintain a good level of energy for a longer time frame.

Here’s a list of  foods FAB Girls can eat to maintain their energy throughout the day.

Water

There are so many health benefits to drinking water, starting with the fact that it allows your body to absorb and transport nutrients. Also, being dehydrated will zap your energy. So drink up!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is the breakfast of champions! Because it is so high in fiber, it makes you feel full longer and gives you a balanced sense of energy throughout the morning. It’s also full of B Vitamins which lowers stress-helpful when you have a major exam or cheer-leading tryouts!

Bananas

Bananas have sugars that are easily digested-which means energy for you! They are rich with potassium, which supports muscle function. The body does not hold potassium for long, and it can quickly be lost through exercise. So if you’re the athletic type, bananas are a great snack to toss in your gym bag for an after workout snack.

Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent breakfast or snack because it contains probiotics, “friendly” bacteria that fight disease. For FAB Girls and Women, it also fights yeast infections.The amino acid tryosine which is found in yougurt convert to dopamine and adrenaline, which help you feel alert and energized.

Almonds

Almonds contain Omega 3’s, which are fatty acids that can create a state of alertness. These handy little nuts can be stored in snack bags so you can munch on them in between classes.

What other foods are good for energy? Tell us in the comments!

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2 Responses to “FAB Health: Foods for Energy”

  1. Sam February 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Great information thanks.

    • itsmeandyoukid February 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you liked it.

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