The Best and Worst Foods to Eat For Energy
Thanks to food processing, we can eat carbohydrates in so many different forms. We can eat them in whole grains such as rye or brown rice or muffins, pasta, pastries, candy, cookies, and bagels made from white flour. But have you ever felt a slow, steady supply of energy all day long after eating pastries?
The most important thing to consider when eating carbohydrates for energy is whether or not they've been processed. White flour and sugar have been so heavily processed that they no longer contain abundant vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to carbohydrates because it slows down the release of their glucose into the bloodstream. Without fiber, carbohydrates digest very quickly and rapidly raise blood sugar levels. Much like coffee, this results in an even quicker energy spike and crash.
This is why pastries, white pasta, cookies, muffins, pop, and other baked goods are not considered good food for energy. Without their fiber, refined carbohydrates create the infamous energy spike and crash- not to mention they wreak havoc on your gut, strip your body of nutrients, and trigger fat storage.
So, what does this leave us with? The best foods to eat for energy are real, whole plant-based foods that contain fiber. Fruits and vegetables are two of the best foods to eat for energy that lasts all day. Vegetables are naturally lower in sugar, but pairing fruit (more concentrated in sugar) with a healthy fat or protein will help slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream and provide a steady energy supply. This means that a green smoothie blended with avocado would give you a lasting energy boost, like a banana, bowl of berries, or an apple with a handful of almonds.
Aside from fruits and vegetables, there's another amazing green superfood that can provide your body with plenty of
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In addition to these nutrients, chlorella is one of the only plant sources to contain an active form of vitamin B12. Those deficient in B12 (most commonly vegetarians and vegans) can notice an improvement in their energy levels by consuming B12 from chlorella.
So, what better way to increase your energy levels (and health and wellness) naturally than by combining