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I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Sweet potatoes-These tubers are a healthier alternative to their kin, the white potato, delivering a host of vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and manganese as well as disease-preventing dietary fiber. What makes them the perfect food for an athlete? "Starchy carbs like sweet potatoes eaten in combination with lean protein after a workout, act as a catalyst for protein to enter muscle tissue and begin the repair/rebuild process. Sweet potatoes are hypoallergenic and the preferred source of post-workout carbohydrates for many athletes, bodybuilders and regular exercisers who want to keep their energy stores up and body fat down,"  Steam or bake a small or medium sweet potato to eat after your next workout.  Another is Coconut oil-This fat has a high amount of "medium-chained" fats that make it easily digestible and readily available source of energy in the body. "Coconut oil naturally increases metabolism, allowing for more energy to be burned by the body and boosts athletic performance. It also promotes healthy thyroid function and removes pancreatic stress -- all translating to a more active you,"  Add a few tablespoons to your smoothie pre-workout. 
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Bananas-They are a rich source of potassium, an electrolyte your body needs but loses during exercise. It's also great for preventing muscle fatigue. Opt for a banana instead of an energy bar before your next workout -- it’s a nutrient-dense and natural option.  Eggs-especially if both yolk and white are eaten, are an excellent whole-food choice for micronutrients and protein. Dietary protein is important because it provides our bodies with amino acids, which helps build muscles and nourish the body.  Heres another , Salmon-Fish helps prevent muscle breakdown. Fresh, wild fish, like salmon, sardines and mackerel are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids -- "good" fats that have been shown to help the body fight off inflammation.  Another food booster is Walnuts.  Full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Heres one to surprise you-Grass-fed beef- in moderation, of course.  provides amino acids and protein and is chock full of iron, Your best bet: 4-6 ounces of grass-fed beef post workout. Theres you star 102.5 star smart health tip-I’m sue o’neil on star 102.5
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Coconut water-If you’re someone who finds water boring, give coconut water a try. It only has a mild coconut flavor and is a natural source of electrolytes. Instead of an energy drink,  Avoid the unnecessary calories and opt for 6-8 ounces of unsweetened coconut water to replenish.  Another energy food option is, avocado-it’s a healthy fat your body uses  as fuel to power through a grueling day or workout. It’s also rich in vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, folic acid and B6. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and can support the adrenal glands, which can be overworked during times of stress. While B vitamins are responsible for many functions in body, they are most often thought of as the 'stress and energy' vitamins. Your body goes through a lot of stress during a workout, so this is kind of the magic fruit. Before your work out, have half an avocado mashed with some lemon juice and sea salt.  Another healthy fat  is Olive oil-Is this really a surprise? Its known to  increase healthy cholesterol levels, fighting free-radical damage, protecting the blood vessels. How about this one-Matcha-A powdered green tea from Japan, better than regular types of green tea. It contains five times the amount of the amino acid l-theanine, which promotes a relaxed, yet focused mental state.  green tea has more antioxidants to help fend off disease and protect against oxidative stress.
I’M SUE O’NEIL WITH ANOTHER STAR SMART HEALTH TIP!  NEED AN ENERGY BOOST?  CERTAIN FOODS CAN HELP.  Acai berries-its high in antioxidants and a good source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which are important for keeping  diseases away.  Another food is Kale-This powerhouse of vitamin K, C, calcium, manganese and dietary fiber should be a staple in every active person’s diet.  This food helps your energy level- Raisins-which provide antioxidants to minimize inflammation. Another is Cottage cheese-This source of protein can provide all the necessary amino acids your body needs to rebuild muscle and tissues after exercising. A vegetarian-friendly protein source, cottage cheese also contains other nutrients that can help support an active lifestyle: calcium, tryptophan, vitamin B12 and selenium you can even have it with this other energy boost food-Apricots-a simple snack such as an apricot pre-workout will provide some essential nutrients and quick-digesting fuel to prevent these symptoms.

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