Top Ten Power Packed Foods

Need an Energy Boost, More Vitaliy, or Just Better Health?

That’s a question most would answer with an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Is there a secret to a long healthy life?  Is it in the food we eat? Is there some truth the the saying “You are what you eat?” All foods are not created equal. Studies have shown that choosing and eating the right foods may help increase your life expectancy, your energy, and your overall quality of your life.

Here’s a list of ten power packed foods which can give you more energy, more health and improve the overall quality of your life:

1. Beans:
Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein.  Beans contain protein and contain very little fat, carbs and calories.  Beans are also full of fiber and can keep your digestive system healthy and your body regular… if you know what I mean.  Just remember… beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot…

2. Oatmeal: Oatmeal tastes great and it also lowers blood cholesterol.  It’s a quick fix and fills you up for an extended amount of time.  Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant.

3. Fruits: Fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A.  Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer.  Berries such as blueberries and grapes have high amounts of antioxidants.  But Acai and Cupuacu are said to have the largest amounts of antioxidants, vitamin c, and other essential nutrients.  It’s good practice to eat a variety of fruits to benefit from the full spectrum of natures essential vitamins and nutrients.  The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body. 

4. Allium foods: This class of foods includes garlic, onions, leeks and shallots.  Garlic can lower cholesterol and gives you incredible smelling breath… not really.  Allium vegetables help protect the body from cancer and many other ailments.  They also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots.  Eating these power packed vegetables in their natural state especially garlic increases their health benefits.

5. Salmon: Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis.  Salmon is rich in protein which is of great use after an exercise session to build muscle tissue.

6. Flax Seed: Like salmon, flax seed contains omega-3 fatty acids.  These seeds also contain omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.  You get a lot of power to fight high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes with this seed.  Ground flax seed can be added to fruit smoothies, sprinkled in yogurt, eaten with cereal or added to pancake mix to name a few.

7. Peppers: Peppers contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin C.  All peppers contain a substance called capsaicin.  Capsaicin has the properties of an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, lowers cancer risk and heart disease.  They are good in salads, salsa and all sorts of dishes.

8. Nuts and Seeds: Nuts can be high in fat but not all fat is bad.  Peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of good fats and protein.  Crush them into a fine powder and use as a coating instead of higher carb bread crumbs.  Nuts can also help lower cholesterol.

9. Acai: The Acai berry is a delicious fruit that originates from Brasil.  It’s jam packed with antioxidants and increases energy.  Some say that the berry even contains properties that can contribute to weight loss.  Fresh Acai can only be eaten in Brasil, but there are literally thousands of various juices and supplements available in the U.S.  However, they taste nothing like a fresh Acai shake on a warm south American morning.  Over the last several years, Acai has been thought of as the ultimate super fruit, however, another super fruit is on the rise which is said to have much more nutritional value than the popular Acai berry.  This fruit also comes from South America and is called Cupuacu.

10. Yogurt:
Look for the lower fat yogurt, but beware or the high fructose in most low fat, fat free yogurts.  Yogurt contains calcium, Vitamin B, and protein.  If you don’t drink milk, yogurt is an alternative to get your calcium in to build strong bones and teeth.  Live yogurt also contains friendly bacteria to help promote a healthy digestive system.
Some studies have shown that eating dairy products with your meals can increase weight loss.

You really are what you eat… just look at all the people sitting in McDonalds or at that greasy burger joint down the street…