Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fruits and Vegetables that Provide Energy and Stamina

Everyone must admit that there are some days when you feel like you can't get out of bed or you feel like you can't make it up those last flight of stairs. Apparently the good news is that you are not alone, it has been estimated that millions of people suffer from low energy or stamina. Some may suggest that it's the weather or some may argue that they are not getting enough nutrients in their diet.

A healthy breakfast gives you the start you need to feel energized throughout the day. Include foods like whole grain cereals, pitas or bagels, egg whites, turkey bacon, lean ham, peanut butter and low fat cheeses in your breakfast meals. Whole grains provide plant sources of protein, as well as contain other essential vitamins and minerals. Foods made with whole grains contain amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Breads and pastas made from whole wheat and other whole grains metabolize more slowly than those made with refined white flour providing the body with more long-lasting energy. Whole grains are also nutritional sources of zinc; a mineral the body needs to create protein.

eafy green vegetables and fruits contain substantial amounts of vitamins A, K, D, E, folate and calcium. According to Medical News Today, vegetables and fruits also contain phytonutrients, which are organic plant components that promote good health and overall stamina levels. Energy boosters such as iron, glucose and fructose are also found in these food sources that promote physical endurance. Examples of leafy green vegetables include spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnips, romaine lettuce, cabbage, Swiss chard, broccoli, arugula, kale and dandelion greens. Apples, grapes, oranges, papaya, watermelon and cantaloupe are beneficial sources of fruits.

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