These Thanksgiving Foods Will Give You An Energy Boost

November 19, 2018

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Thanksgiving is filled with our traditional food favorites, which usually results in us heading to the couch or bed for a nap.  But if you want to keep up your energy and hit the sales that will happen later Thanksgiving night at the stores, you may want to load up on these energy foods.  While turkey, mashed potatoes and pecan pie can still be in the menu, loading up on the vegetable tray beforehand. Carrots, broccoli and tomatoes all pack an energy punch and help fill you up so that you don't overdo it at the table. Yes, turkey is high in tryptophan, which is the amino acid blamed for sleepiness. But the more likely reason you want to take a nap after eating is indulging in all the heavy carbohydrate and fatty foods. Turkey is a great protein your body can use for long burst of energy.  Speaking of side dishes, load up on sweet potatoes. They are loaded with antioxidants which give them anti-cancer, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties, which means they shouldn't upset your stomach and help keep your digestive system balanced with the other foods. According to Runner's World, beets are packed with nitrates, "which the body ultimately converts to nitric oxide, shown to improve oxygen flow to the muscles." Regardless of what foods end up on your plate, remember the real key to a healthy relationship with food is not letting yourself feel guilty about the decisions you make during the meal. SO enjoy the feast and perhaps that mid afternoon nap too!

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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