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The 5 best foods for energy

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Food for fuel

Feeling a little fatigued these days? The best solution, of course, is to get more sleep -- but we know that’s not always an option. Try bulking up your diet with these nutrition-rich foods, and you’ll find yourself feeling more energized in no time at all.

Food for fuel


When you find yourself feeling drowsy, munch on cashews, almonds or hazelnuts. Like other nuts, they're rich in protein. These nuts contain another ingredients, though: magnesium. Magnesium helps your body convert into energy and is just what you need to get moving on a long day. Keep a bag of these magic nuts in your purse or desk for when you need a pick-me-up.

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Lean meats

Chicken, fish, eggs and very lean red meat give you the protein you need for your body to produce energy. Try to have some protein with each meal to keep you going throughout the day. Start your day off with an egg and have another lean meat for lunch and dinner. Avoid meats that are high in fats and oils -- those will just slow you down.

Whole grains

Whole grains and other carbohydrates add glucose to your blood stream to supply your body with energy. Stick to complex carbs for a slow and steady supply. Simple carbs, like sugary foods and things made with white flour, give you a temporary energy boost but end with a crash.

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Beans are packed with proteins, vitamins and fiber needed to give your body the energy it needs. Beans are available in a wide variety, and they can be integrated into almost any meal. Add beans to a soup or stew to make it more filling and add some extra protein. Add them to taco meat or burritos on fiesta night or mash them up and make a protein-packed dip.

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Yogurt makes a great breakfast or snack, and it's easy to take on the go. It's packed with protein and other vitamins to give you an energy boost throughout the day. Got a sweet tooth after lunch or dinner? Skip the sugary dessert, and have a cup of low fat yogurt instead. You'll feel great about making a healthy choice, and you'll skip the energy crash that follows sweet foods.


Skip coffee and energy drinks. They'll give a temporary burst of energy, but you'll crash quickly and end up feeling worse than when you started.

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