5 Fruits for a Boost of Energy

Posted May 1st, 2014  |  No Comments
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5 Fruits for a Boost of Energy by Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker. See Top 1% Club

You’ve heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Of course, apples aren’t the only fruits that are good for you. Several servings of a variety of fruits every day will help you stay healthy and energized. Fruits supply natural sugars, body-fueling carbohydrates, water, vitamins and other essential nutrients to give you the energy you need for handling the demands of the day.

These five fruits in particular will give you an extra boost of energy whenever you need it most

Bananas: Supplying healthy carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber, a banana is an excellent choice for a quick dose of energy. Bananas also provide important minerals including potassium and manganese. Since bananas don’t need to be refrigerated, they make excellent portable snacks for work, the gym, or doing errands.

Apples: Crisp and refreshing, apples are a great source of energy. The fiber in their skin and flesh helps avoid sluggishness while the vitamin C content strengthens your immune system. Eat an apple to increase your energy levels without loading up on calories. There are many varieties to choose from including Fuji, Macintosh, Gala, and Braeburn, to name a few.

Oranges: Since proper hydration is a key factor in maintaining high energy levels, a juicy, water-rich orange is a great energy-boosting fruit. In addition, oranges are high in carbohydrates, which fuel your body. This fruit is a good source of vitamin C, which helps with iron absorption – vital for combating fatigue.

Grapes: Low in fat and calories, grapes are a no-guilt sweet treat providing a natural energy boost plus a good quantity of vitamins C and K as well as copper. Prewash a bunch of grapes and package them to enjoy later as a tasty, energy-raising snack at your desk or while you’re out hiking in the woods or power walking in the park.

Pineapples: They may not be as convenient or portable as many other fruits, but they certainly deserve your attention. Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6 and copper. They are also high in carbohydrates, water and fiber. Keep some cut pineapple in your refrigerator for a refreshing pick-me-up when you return home from work or from a workout.

Resources:

LiveStrong, Fruits That Boost Energy, http://www.livestrong.com/article/462209-fruits-that-boost-energy/

Mayo Clinic, High-Fiber Foods, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber-foods/NU00582

Health Diaries, Fruits and Vegetables High in Carbohydrates, http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/fruits-and-vegetables-high-in-carbohydrates.html

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