There are 12 power foods that provide energy, muscle-building power and disease-fighting nutrients. Try to include 2 – 3 of these foods in every meal and one or more in every snack and eat a variety of… foods from each group to keep your meals satisfying and interesting.
Almonds and Other Nuts
Nuts give fiber and protein to give you energy and help build muscle, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fat for satisfying flavor. Choose nuts with their skins on, and avoid salted or smoked varieties.
Beans and Other Legumes
Low in fat and calories, legumes pack filling fiber and muscle-building protein into every bite while helping to regulate your digestive system, according to AbsDiet.com. To avoid unnecessary sugar and saturated fat, stay away from baked and refried beans.
Spinach and Other Greens
Green veggies like spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peppers are chock full of vitamins and minerals that lower blood pressure, prevent cancer and heart disease and build your bones. They also contain powerful antioxidants that fight off the free radicals that promote premature aging.
Non-fat and reduced-fat milk, Almond milk, quark, Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese offer up calcium and vitamins to ward off osteoporosis, high blood pressure and cancer. They also provide protein to help you fill up and stay full.
The fiber in oatmeal not only fights heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes, it fills you up and keeps you full to prevent sudden crashes in blood sugar that leave you starving. Opt for unflavored and unsweetened oatmeal.
Protein and vitamin-packed eggs build muscle and burn fat while fueling you up for the day and keeping you full for hours.
Turkey and Other Lean Meats
Fish, poultry and lean cuts of beef give an assortment of vitamins and nutrients as well as hefty amounts of protein that build muscle and boost your immune system.
Peanut Butter/Nut Butters (all natural)
Salty, rich and satisfying peanut butter has protein, vitamins and healthy unsaturated fat to build muscle, burn fat and prevent heart disease. Choose natural, trans-fat free peanut butter with no added sugar.
Olive oil adds flavor to dishes while providing heart-healthy fat that lowers blood pressure, fights heart disease, boosts your immune system and helps prevent cancer.
Raspberries and Other Berries
Berries are a healthy and low-calorie way to add flavor to almost any meal. They’re packed with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that work to prevent heart disease and cancer while improving your memory and your eyesight.
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