6 Energy-Boosting Foods

Boost your energy and endurance with these natural power sources. Add these to your diet, and see a real difference. 

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    New studies show that nitrates in beets help blood vessels dilate, which increases oxygen delivery to working muscles.

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    An apple a day keeps you going, going, going. Recent data suggests that quercetin, a potent antioxidant in apples, can improve your endurance.

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    This whole grain is chock-full of energizing complex carbohydrates and magnesium, an essential mineral for energy metabolism.

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    Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes have a high carbohydrate content, making it a natural energy provider for long workouts. Plus, the sweet flesh is rich in immunity-boosting Vitamin A.


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    Food can help your energy before and after a workout. For post-workout recovery, yogurt is stellar fuel with its optimum balance of protein and carbohydrates. Choose plain Greek yogurt for more protein and no processed sugar.

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    This legume is packed with iron, which has been found to be essential for athletic performance.