Foods That Boost Energy and Keep You Out Of Your Mid-day Slump

Have you ever had a really productive day until that mid-day slump kicked in and suddenly you didn’t feel like getting anything done anymore? When that feeling hits you, it can really kill your efficiency at work. So how do you beat it? Here are some yummy foods that boost you energy to keep you out of that mid-day slump.

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Toast: Add some peanut butter and a banana to your average two pieces of toast in the morning to give yourself an extra boost. To beat feeling tired mid-day, it is important to start your morning off right with a filling and nutritious breakfast. Many people don’t realize it, but it is important for woman to take in about 300 to 400 calories for breakfast and men take in around 500. Eating a healthy breakfast is the best way to ensure you’ll have energy throughout the day. If you get tired of toast, switch up your morning routine with a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, or an English muffin topped with scrambled eggs and a slice of low-fat cheese.

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Hummus: Complex carbs are a great way to boost energy fast because they digest quickly. Foods like hummus, whole grain breads and cereal, fresh fruits, and vegetables are great sources for complex carbs and they will give you the boost you need to sail through that slump. Mid-morning or afternoon, reach for some veggie sticks or whole-wheat crackers dipped in some hummus and you will feel ready to power through the day.

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Cashews: Nuts like cashews, almonds and hazelnuts are not only rich in protein, but they are also a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that converts sugar into energy. If your body is running low on magnesium, you may feel more fatigued. Snack on a handful of nuts in the afternoon and it will boost your energy levels to get through that slump. Just make sure to pay attention to portion control as nuts are high in (good) fat.

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Turkey: Contrary to popular belief that turkey can make you feel tired when eaten in large amounts, this lean meat is actually a great source of protein containing the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine is an amino acid that is responsible for boosting attentiveness and alertness. Meats also contain B-12, a vitamin that boosts energy levels while fighting insomnia and depression.

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Beans: Beans, whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber that most people don’t have enough of in their diet. Fiber works by slowing down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and maintaining steady blood sugar levels and therefore steady energy. Eat these healthy foods at any point during the day to keep you feeling full and energized.

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Water: Okay so it is not exactly a food, but water is necessary for the digestion of food and it is also a way to avoid the mid-day slump. Some studies show that even mild dehydration can cause your metabolism to slow and your energy levels to drop. Staying hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day is essential for your health, bodily processes and energy.

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Dark Chocolate: While it is not suggested to run straight for a Snickers from the vending machine when you start feeling tired, it is safe to say a little bit of dark chocolate can actually boost your energy and your mood. How? Because it not only contains caffeine, but dark chocolate also contains theobromine—a chemical compound with a similar (although lesser) affect to caffeine.

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Brown Rice: Not only is it a source of slow releasing energy, it is packed full of B Vitamins and protein. Did I mention it can aid weight-loss by keeping you feeling fuller, longer? Brown rice is a healthy carb to include in your diet for sustained energy throughout the day.

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Spinach: I bet you aren’t surprised to see this on the list since spinach seems to be a cure-all super food these days. This leafy green is a great source of antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium, Vitamins B and C, and is low in calories while high in fiber. Again, this vegetable will keep you full and energized so you can concentrate on getting through that mid-day slump.

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5 Super Fruits You May Have Neglected Daily

There are hundreds of foods that come from the very ground we walk on that can give you a sense of super-human power. You tend to find these foods piled up on the outside of your grocery story isles. Super foods are packed with more good stuff than your basic multi-vitamins, they require little to no cooking, and generally have good taste. Today we would like to list 5 super fruit which you may neglected daily though they can give you mega nutrition power to let you and your family more healthy!

What is so called super fruit and why those qualified?

Before rush into the list, you may get a little interested why the market is full of this “super” , “organic” things… well, it’s not all about marketing! Super fruits typically have much more antioxidants than your average table juicy fruits, and we all know antioxidant is good for our health right?

 

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Kiwi—Kiwi has gotten its wings as a coronary heart healthful fruit, quite the helpful fruit in a small, hairy package. There is proof that it minimizes blood clotting, lowers LDL cholesterol levels and raises HDL cholesterol levels. Kiwi is a wonderful supply of vitamin C which helps create collagen to maintain your arteries elastic and to defend the arteries from free radical attacks. The only downside is those pesky little seeds that make their way between your teeth.

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Pink and Purple Grapes—I’ve heard of green and red, but never pink and purple. Resveratrol is the antioxidant found in pink and purple grapes and for that reason crimson wine. Despite the fact that the French eat loads of saturated excess fat, crimson meat, and smoke like chimneys, they also have a decreased chance of coronary heart disease in comparison to other nations. This is all because of their steady consumption of pink wine. The perks of using resveratrol include minimizing the possibility of blood clotting, thinning the blood, reducing LDL cholesterol levels, preventing destruction of blood vessels in the heart and serves to maintain blood strain at a strong variety.

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Purple Grapefruit—A study was posted in 2006 that uncovered that providing one grapefruit a day for thirty days to people with significant blood cholesterol, genuinely decreased their cholesterol ranges. In this study pink grapefruits were being identified to be a lot more effective than white grapefruit as a super fruit. Undiscovered antioxidants in the purple grapefruit are accountable for its coronary heart wholesome outcomes. The acidity in these fruits is also used for effective weight loss.

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Blueberries—Blueberries, like pomegranates, are a powerful super fruit loaded with anti-oxidants. Blueberries incorporate some resveratrol, but also contain a fairly new antioxidant called pterostilbene. Pterostilbene appears to have the very same chemo-preventative features as resveratrol. Blueberries also have excessive vitamin C levels.

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Pomegranate—Even though they might be difficult to peel and eat, pomegranates are found in a number of protein drinks, diet pills, and are recommended as a vitamin supplement. Pomegranates have an abundance of antioxidants making it fruit for the heart. Punicalagins is one of the most well-known cardio-protecting antioxidants identified in pomegranate. It can cut down on the inflammation of the arteries. Other anti-oxidants in pomegranate contain vitamin C, catechins, isoflavones, and anthocyanins, which have protective traits against coronary heart disease.

The list goes on, there are definitely more than 5 super fruits in the world, for example other types berries, tomatoes (if you never regard it as fruit lol) etc, just by a simple search you may know more on this topic!

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Best and Worst Starbucks Drinks for You

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I can’t remember the last time I didn’t start my morning with a big cup of coffee. It has been something of a ritual for me the past four or five years. In college I would brew some coffee to take with me in a travel mug to class and when I got my first job, I started brewing my coffee just as I headed out the door for a morning run to come home to the sweet aroma filling my apartment. But on days I wanted to treat myself (or didn’t have time to make my own coffee) I would swing through the Starbucks drive-thru for my favorite caramel macchiato. Since I only got one on rare occasions, I thought it wasn’t that unhealthy of a choice. Little did I know, I was drinking more sugar in my morning cup than I should probably have all day. I did a little more Starbucks research and decided which drinks should and should not be considered part of a healthy diet.

The best Starbucks drinks that won’t throw a healthy diet off track are, in general, those low in calories and sugar. A black cup of brewed coffee is one of the best choices wherever you are, even at Starbucks. With just a splash of non-fat milk and a packet or two of Splenda, you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee for under 20 calories. Starbucks also has a great selection of teas for healthy morning beverages. The Tazo brewed teas come in so many different flavors, and one of the best – in my opinion – is Vanilla Rooibos. If you’re in the mood for something a little more decadent, I would go with a Caffé Misto. It’s the perfect combination of brewed coffee and steamed milk. Non-fat milk comes in at around 70 calories for a 16 oz., and if you opt for soy milk, you’re only at 100 calories. It’s a delicious way to start your day and stay on track. If you’re in the mood for something chilled, go with a Tazo Shaken Unsweet Passion Iced Tea, it has zero calories and just the perfect hint of natural sweetness.

Starbucks has quite a menu full of delicious drinks, but some can really get you into trouble. One of the worst Starbucks drinks in particular is a whole meal in itself: the Java Chip Frappucino. A 16 ounce grande has 460 calories, 18 grams of fat and 66 grams of sugar. Not only will your jeans fit tighter, but your head might spin from the sugar rush. Another drink that I try to avoid at Starbucks is the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino. It has 420 calories and a whopping 20 grams of fat in the smallest size. Most of these blended beverages don’t even contain coffee. A hot fudge sundae from McDonald’s has less calories than some of these Starbucks drinks.

Indulging every once in a while is completely fine – and necessary – when we want to treat ourselves. I am not one to restrict my diet completely. But if coffee is your thing and Starbucks is your place, make sure you’re mindful of what you’re ordering.

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Healthy Food Options for Busy People

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When you are constantly on the go, it is easy to be torn between a fast food meal and your health. But with meals that are quick and easy, you don’t have to face that dilemma anymore.  If you are the type of person who is constantly in a rush to get to the next place, and your kitchen is the last place you want to be when you get home, try one of these options below.

Eat Out

If you are really in a time crunch and you can’t make it home for a meal, there are plenty of options in your area to choose from that aren’t fast food. Sometimes all it takes is a quick Google search. And if you can’t find a restaurant that is strictly healthy, order a salad with a low-fat dressing and skip the cheese. Sometimes it is not about where you eat, but what you choose to eat.

Food Prep

This is a popular way to make sure that you eat healthy during the week without being tempted to snack while you wait for your meal to be cooked. At the beginning of your week—whatever day that is—write down a meal plan that will loosely cover the week. Try to think of meals that you can use the leftovers for something else or meals that use a lot of the same food. Go to the grocery store and pick these items up. Then spend one large quantity of time in the kitchen preparing all of these foods ahead of time. Some foods—like fresh veges and fruits—can be stored in the refrigerator while you may want to freeze other meals for later in the week.

Make it Simple

Sure, made from scratch gravy is always more delicious than jarred gravy, but if you are trying to be healthy, chances are you won’t be eating gravy. But you get the point. You don’t have to make everything from scratch. And you don’t have to make extravagant dinners to please everybody. In fact, sometimes the simplest meals like breaded chicken are the best. Look for recipes with minimum steps and minimum ingredients. You could also opt for slow cooker recipes so your meal is ready when you get home.

Delivery

I don’t mean grab your nearest take-out menu and order up some pre-made food. Instead, I’m suggesting you can cut down on the time it takes you to run errands by having your groceries delivered fresh to your door. How amazing is that? Not only will it save you time, but it will save you the hassle of trying to maneuver through the store with a full cart. And you may not be so impulsive to buy unhealthy foods either.

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Food Therapy in Daily Life to Avoid Medicines

For youth health management it is essential to focus on food habits as lot of ailments resulting due to pollution, stress in studies, stress in career and relationships. In order to decrease environment pollution and also to work on global warming, community involvement is needed where as each individual taking a step by owning responsibility towards giving importance to their life style and practicing good health food habits one can keep himself happy and environment friendly.

We are lucky to be born in a country like India which has agriculture friendly weather throughout the year unlike Western Countries. Quality of vegetables produced in India are more reliable compared to other countries. Because we use organic pesticides and more man power than chemicals and machines. So why don’t we take advantage of eating more vegetables and cut down on non vegetarian foods.

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In old days in India people hardly had to visit hospitals, clinics etc since our ancestors were very intelligent enough to maintain healthy food habits for their families. Now it has become unavoidable to visit doctor every year irrespective of age and gender. Children, youth and families easily encountered by various ailments or else health concerns due to lack of awareness on health habits and modernism in cultures.

Children and also youth prefer fast food items which are preserved for long time than fresh vegetables and homemade sweets and salted food items. Indians have varieties of recipes when it comes to food preparations. Apart from regular dishes one can have wide range of delicious items for snacks name it whether it is a sweet or salted food. Still to showcase modernism people prefer fast food items like burgers, pizzas, cakes etc.

Indian recipes can ferment the food without chemicals also. For example we successfully ferment dough for few dishes like idli, dosa by adding natural ingredients. Many ayurvedic specialists offer alternative medicine therapies such as food therapy, stress therapy for chronic health issues to resolve. Here I would like to write some quality of information on Food Therapies. Of course, we can’t avoid change in weather or stress in work. But definitely we can moderate our diet to avoid any harmful effects caused by outer influences to our body. Allopathic doctors also agree that one’s emotional well being and also physical well being can be maintained by eating healthy food on time.

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There are many Indian spices that can boost your immunity and also can help to avoid depression. Recent findings by researchers been said that by maintaining balance between alkaline and acidic foods one can avoid and also cure dangerous illnesses such as cancer etc. It seems to be new for us to know the terminology such as alkaline foods to keep PH balanced in our body etc. But our intelligent ancestors knew about it many centuries ego. It is a tradition in south India to have a dish made by adding ingredients such as Mango, Neem leaves and Jaggery on a festival named ‘Ugadi’. It’s a spiritual belief that eating this dish is to remind ourselves that life is made of all kind of experiences such as painful as bitter, sadness, and also sweet such as happiness etc. But doctors recently revealed in their experiments that these natural food items like Mango, Neem leaves and Jaggery come under alkaline food category and alkaline foods generally help us to maintain pH (Potential of Hydrogen) balance of our body fluids and tissues. If the body has pH is towards alkaline then your capacity to fight with ailments will be high. People are getting awareness on eating habits and importance of adding herbs, spices and vegetables to the diet by avoiding non vegetarian food etc. The human body has capacity to repair itself if it has been given all the healthy food stuff needed.

 

Let us discuss more on alkaline food items and depression beating health habits in detail now. Alkaline foods are easy to digest. Almost all foods that we eat are digested and consumed in the blood. But alkaline food makes our body to feel fresh and energetic and keeps blood PH level balanced to keep immunity high. It’s good idea to visit your family doctor before you start your alkaline diet plan as an alternative medicine. However, Here I have list of alkaline food ingredients and acidic food ingredients that can influence your body enhance your moods and also to maintain fitness.

Examples for alkaline food items and their usage:

  • Alkaline Vegetables & Grains: Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Spinach, Legume, Goose Berry, Tomato, Lemon, pumpkin, Mushroom, Cucumber fresh, Capsicum, lettuce, soy sprouts, wheat grass, Beetroot, Carrot, Red Radish, Black Olives, Brown Rice and wheat, Moong Bean, oats, Barley, onions, etc.
  • Alkaline Spices and Herbs: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Turmeric, Mint leaves, Cardamom, Garlic, Spinach, Sun Flower Oil or seeds, olive oil, Coconut oil, Flax seed oil, Fennel seeds, Basil (osmium Sanctum), Coriander, Alfalfa, chick pea. Pumpkin seeds, primrose oil, sesame oil, Tamarind, Green Tea, Breast Milk, Lemon Water, etc.
  • Alkaline and Low Acidic Fruits: Pineapple, Ripe Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, Green apple, Avocado, Black Currant, Cranberry, Dates, figs, Water Melon, Coconut and Banana, pomegranate, Apricots, Cherry, Indian Plum, Raisins, Papaya, Guava etc.

Adding to above here I have list of Acidic food items which are acid producing foods. These foods should be either avoided or if used better less. I mentioned this in general for health awareness as they are not harmful if they are used in smaller quantity in our food for change of taste etc. Make sure you won’t brush your teeth after you consume acidic foods. It also advised not to have direct contact with acidic foods with your teeth in order to avoid tooth problems.

  • Acidic Foods: Meat(all types), Butter, Eggs, Processed Cheese, Ice Cream, custards, Lentils, Beans Dried, Asparagus, Garbanzo Beans,Processed and Preserved foods, Sugar, Walnuts, Peanuts,White Rice, White Bread, Pasta, Green Olives, etc.
  • Acidic Species and liquids: Sesame seeds, coffee, Beer, wine, Mayonnaise, soy sauce, Ketchup, Mustard seeds. Coffee, Cocoa, Candy, Chocolate, Soda drinks like Coke and Pepsi, Beer, Liquor, Artificial Sweeteners, Pickled Vegetables, Vinegar, Stimulants, Jellies and Jams etc.
  • Acidic Fruits: Olives, Black Berries, Blue  Berries, Cherries etc.

Health specialists suggest that moderately adding few acidic food items in our diet can keep us alert while working. Ayurvedic specialists also say that each individual’s body has certain elements characterized as per their personality like Kapha, Pitta and Vata. These are three general categories can be balanced based on one’s food habits as our bodies are ruled by the elements such as fire, water, air etc.

Well known psychologist Daniel Golmann also mentioned in one of his book named emotional intelligence that our DNA also can change based on our food habits in longer time. One having bad food habits for long time and stress can also harm one’s DNA resulting to various un-diagnosed ailments leading to imbalanced emotional health as well. Scientists are also doing extensive research to know if yoga and meditation also can influence DNA characteristics of an individual.

 

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