by Lexi Petronis
photo: Stephanie FoleyThis may look like an ordinary bucket o' greens, but, really, it should have a cape attached. Seriously, is there anything spinach can't do?
It's loaded with nutrients--fiber, vitamin K (for your bones), lutein (for your eyes)--and some research shows that it might even help make your muscles work more efficiently during a workout. But! The leafy greens also have tons of iron...which means spinach may actually even perk you up when you're feeling tired.
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Cool, right? Maybe you don't have to turn to energizing drinks and powders--you can just chew some spinach instead.
But spinach isn't the only food that can help pull you out of a yawn-filled afternoon (who hasn't had one of those? And, um, if you haven't, please share your secrets!).
Greek yogurt: A serving of the low-fat creamy treat can pack twice the protein of a regular yogurt, which helps keep energy levels up. It also has less sugar (minimizing the chances of a possible later sugar crash).
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Quinoa: This complex carb keeps your blood sugar levels nice and balanced--meaning your energy levels won't start to flag.
Orange juice: Vitamin C helps produce carnitine, which helps your body burn fat for energy. One eight-ounce glass per day and enough servings of fruit and veggies (bell pepper, broccoli, strawberries) can supply you with enough milligrams so that your energy levels stay high.
What foods do you turn to for extra energy? And when do you feel the most tired throughout the day?
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by Lexi Petronis