Four Superfoods of High Energy Addicts

As you launch into the New Year, here are some powerful insights on nutrition to help supercharge your health and vitality in 2016!

I’ve always been a bit obsessive about energy. Despite all you read about time management, the way I see it, performing at your best every day is much more about managing energy than it is managing time. You could have all the time in the world, for example, along with a clear sense of purpose, powerful goals, and deep convictions, but if your energy level isn’t there—if you are frequently tired, lethargic, or sick—chances are, you will squander whatever time advantage you have.

A high energy lifestyle starts with food.

by Abigail Keenan |

But let’s face it, eating for maximum energy is hard work in a world where no matter where you go, you are assaulted by highly processed, sugar-infested, chemically-treated junk foods that cause your body’s insulin levels to act like a yo-yo.

If you struggle with energy ups and downs that frequently frustrate your ability to get things done, here are four superfoods that, according to leading nutritionists and high performance athletes and trainers, pack the most nutritional bang for the buck. Think of them as the “Rolls Royces” of energy-addicting fruits and vegetables!

(1) Avocado. This popular super-food–is it a fruit or a vegetable?– has more potassium than a banana, but without the high carb content that causes your blood sugar to spike, then drop through the floor (along with your energy). A great source of vital healthy fats, avocados are also high in copper, help reduce cholesterol, fight hypertension, and taste great!
(2) Sea Vegetables. These nutrient-rich superfoods include seaweed, kelp, dulce, wakami, and many others. High in metabolism-boosting iodine, sea vegetables aid digestion, have huge amounts of calcium, iron, and magnesium, and can be easily added to salads, soups, stews, rice, etc.
(3) Chia Seeds. Another great source of calcium, chia seeds are also high in boron, which make them perfect for promoting bone health, fighting arthritis, and enhancing energy. Since chia seeds absorb more than 12 times their weight in water, they make you feel full and satisfied long after eating. I have found that the best way to consume them is to add 2 – 3 tablespoons to a smoothie. Although many people soak them before eating, I don’t—and they digest fine.
(4) Cruciferous Vegetables. This vegetable family includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. These nutrient-rich, energy-producing super-veggies stimulate your body’s own detoxification pathway system, neutralize cancer-causing carcinogens, and help lower estrogen levels. My favorite way to prepare: Cut them into small pieces, place on a cookie sheet, add some olive oil and sea salt, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Delicious!

Although I was blessed with a fast metabolism, athletic body type, and a naturally high energy level, I am constantly exploring new ideas and approaches to optimizing my energy. After reading about “superfoods” a year or so ago, I began to incorporate them into my diet daily—with outstanding results. And if you’re looking for an easy way to consume them, check out my smoothie recipe, which include 3 of the 4 superfoods on the list (see below).

Question: What are your favorite high energy foods? How do you prepare them? Do you have any other habits you can share for increasing energy? I’d love to get your comments.

Get my nutrient-rich, energy enhancing smoothie recipe here:

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    4 Responses to Four Superfoods of High Energy Addicts

    1. Cecilia Chesney January 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

      Thanks for the great tips! Looking forward to trying the smoothie!

      A recipe I really enjoy includes: kale, spinach, fresh squeezed lemon (tsp), minced ginger (tsp); banana; mango, honey, fresh strawberries and coconut milk!!

      Thanks Bill – really enjoying your blogs!

      • Bill Marsh Jr January 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

        That sounds delicious, Cecilia, thanks for sharing.
        I’ve never tried minced ginger!


    2. Earl Gervais January 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

      Outstanding information .. I always look at the label and make sure it states .. One Hundred percent preservatives nothing natural added .. LOL .. but very close to being true with processed foods.
      Having good health as you get older is more valuable than money. Be willing to pay a little more for healthy foods .. It is your best health insurance. The older I get .. The older old gets .. Respectfully .. Earl Gervais :-)

    3. Bill Marsh Jr January 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

      Thanks, Earl. One of the leading voices in the health and wellness world uses the acronym “JERF” to describe the right approach to nutrition. Instead of getting so caught up with which supplements to take, JERF stands for “Just Eat Real Food.” It has always made sense to me. Ay every meal we have the option of fueling our bodies with nutrient-rich, energy-producing foods or compromising our health with processed foods that sap our energy and compromise our health.
      The choice…is ours my friend!

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