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Thursday, October 31 2013, 05:51 PM MDT
Food Helps Boost Energy
By: Carla Roberts Pruitt
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(KUTV) - The cure for the mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump may not be a cup of coffee. Experts say snacks can help give you that boost you need to get through the day. "It helps if you have both a carb source, like fruits and vegetables, and a protein source. Protein will extend the energy."

Joy Musselman is a Registered Dietician at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. She says a good way to get a boost of energy in the morning is to have a breakfast. "You already have been fasting. So get your metabolism going right off in the morning with a good breakfast."

If you find yourself feeling a little sluggish before lunch, eat a healthy snack. And try to avoid foods that have a lot of sugar. Joy says the sugar will bring you up quickly but then your energy will drop quickly.

When you plan your meals, try to add fruits, vegetables and even a little dairy. And read labels. Joy says some foods that appear to be healthy, may be loaded with calories. "Our brand muffin here, the first ingredient is sugar. And it is a lot of sugar. Yeah, it has some brand in it and that is a healthy component. But in reality, it has a lot of fat and a lot of sugar in it."

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcast Group)Food Helps Boost Energy

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