Power Food

Get the exact energy boost you need—whatever your health dilemma!
by Sharlene Tan   |  Mar 13, 2010
photos by David Hanson
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Dilemma

No time to eat?
Pick something that you can munch on quickly enough, but that provides your body with the essential nutrients it needs.

Have your period?
Avoid salty and sweet food and your favorite iced blended coffee.

Tired and sleepy?
Load up on good carbohydrates to restore your natural energy.

Feeling sick?
Drink lots of water and take in as much vitamin-enriched food as you can.

Got an exam?
Sleep early the night before an exam and load up on protein-rich foods to keep you alert.

Baon

Peanut butter and banana sandwich: Peanut butter is a good source of fat while bananas are rich in potassium.

Salad: A bowl of greens with light vinaigrette dressing will keep you full but not bloated.

Chocolate chip granola bar: This is a good source of carbohydrates, which provide you with enough energy to perform daily functions. Chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine. It'll keep you alert.

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Blueberry yogurt: Eating food rich in antioxidants is a good way to prevent getting sick. Blueberry is one of the best sources of antioxidants.

Tuna omelette: Eggs are a source of good fat, which improves brain function, while tuna is rich in Omega-3, which the brain needs to maintain a sharp memory.

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Nuts: Instead of snacking on chips, choose nuts! They contain essential fatty acids that will contribute to your total wellness.

Fruit shake: A refreshing glass of banana shake is what you need. It is rich in potassium and can relieve PMS and bloating.

Spaghetti and iced tea meal: A bowl of pasta will give you an energy boost, while the caffeine in iced tea will help keep you awake in class.

Cheeseburger: Meat and cheese are rich in zinc. Zinc helps the body to heal and increases the fighting power of your immune system.

Taho: Soy products are rich in lecithin, which stimulates the brain and increases its memory function.

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