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Keep Your Energy Up

Posted: 3/15/2013

A balanced diet, including plenty of peanuts and other plant-based protein foods, can help keep you energized all day
Nutrition in a nutshell: A balanced diet, including plenty of peanuts and other plant-based protein foods, can help keep you energized all day

(NAPSI)—The next time you feel your energy flagging, consider this advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts:

Getting a balance of protein and nutrients in your diet is the key to keeping your energy up all day. That means making sure you eat a variety of whole grains, fruit, veggies and protein at each meal.

• For starters, have a good breakfast. After many hours of fasting, a nutritious breakfast helps provide energy for an active day. A breakfast filled with a balance of nutrients—protein, grains, fruit and dairy—will give your brain as well as your body what it needs to get you through the morning at your best.

• Next, get moving. Getting a little physical activity each day, activities like taking a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood or mowing the lawn, can help you build strong bones and muscles, reduce body fat and feel great. Being active uses energy, and you’ll feel invigorated.

• Finally, snack smart. Rather than empty calories, enjoy something like this:

24-7 Energy Snack Mix

2 cups roasted peanuts

1 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup dried mango, diced

1/4 cup dried apples, diced

1/2 cup M&Ms

Toss ingredients together in large bowl. Portion ¼-cup servings into plastic snack bags.

Makes: 16 servings

An important part of that snack is the protein you get from the peanuts. Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RD, LD, says, “Peanuts are a powerhouse of protein. With seven grams per serving, peanuts contain more protein than any nut. Protein is one of the essential nutrients in life. It is important not only for growing children but also for maintaining muscles, bones and skin throughout life.”

Moreover, peanuts are a natural source of plant-based protein. Collins recommends choosing more plant-based proteins as part of a healthy lifestyle. The government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans specifically point out the need for a shift in food intake to a more plant-based diet; one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts. Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking to cut down on saturated fat levels, peanuts can be a smart choice when looking for a boost of protein in any meal.

Learn More

For further peanut facts, tips and recipes, go to the National Peanut Board website at http://nationalpeanutboard.org.

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