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Foods That Can Boost Your Energy and Vitality

If you are attempting to lose weight, you need to think about the quality of the food that you eat rather than just concentrating on the calorie count. For example, a 100-calorie cookie and a 100-calorie serving of antioxidant-rich berries are clearly a long way apart in terms of quality. A cookie may help to satisfy any cravings that you have for sweet foods but it won't be providing quality fuel for your body.

Have a look below at a list I've put together of 4 foods that are both nutritious and delicious. They provide high-quality fuel to maintain your energy levels and vitality, while at the same time helping you to lose weight.

Whole Grains

You have probably heard it said that "all carbs are bad," but this is not really true as all carbs are not created equal! Complex carbohydrates like whole grains are high in fiber and are digested more slowly than simple carbs, so they are less likely to create a spike in blood sugar (and the inevitable "crash" later on). They also contain plenty of B vitamins, that assist with boosting energy (especially vitamin B12). Some good sources of whole grains include brown rice, barley, whole oatmeal, bran cereal, and wheat or multi-grain bread/crackers.

Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts are packed with protein and healthy fats, so they make a great snack choice that will keep you feeling satisfied while providing your body with high-quality energy. They are also high in calories, so you need to make sure that you don't overdo them.

Fruit

Fruit is well-known as an excellent source of energy for your body because many varieties are packed full of vitamins and fiber. Many of them are even rich in antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. Remember thought that there are some fruits that are also high in sugar, and this could work against you if you're trying to stick to a low-glycemic diet. Fruits that are low to medium in sugar content include: raspberries, grapefruit, lemons, limes, blackberries, and strawberries.

Green Vegetables

Vegetables like spinach, asparagus and broccoli, contain large amounts of vitamins like beta-carotene (which assists with boosting your immune system to fight off infections), vitamin C (another great immune system booster), magnesium (beneficial in regulating blood pressure, proper muscle function and more), and folic acid (heart health). In addition, green vegetables are rich in dietary fiber, which helps the natural processes through your intestines and flushes toxins from your body regularly. No surprise then that they can really boost your energy and vitality.

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