Snack Smarter: Energy Boosters

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Story Updated: Jan 8, 2014

Running low on energía? Everyone seems to lack extra power in the winter months and in turn spend more hours indoors on the couch and less time exercising. The good news is that a few bites of these delicious energy boosters can instantly give you extra oomph. Sylvia Klinger, MS, RD, LDN, the founder of Hispanic Nutrition, shares energizing foods that will leave you ready and raring to go.

Fruit for thought

Keeping your immune system strong will help you stay motivated, there's nothing like a winter cold to keep you on the couch and off the treadmill. Klinger suggests, "Snacks consisting of oranges, grapefruits and strawberries are fabulous choices to keep your body strong for winter with the added bonus of powerful vitamin C." Since about 90 percent of strawberries come from California, they are available year round and are very high in antioxidants. Bonus: The low-sugar berries are a great choice for diabetics.

Get amped with avocado

Avocados can be a deliciously rich snack that provides energy, fiber and good fat. "Mash up the avocado with low-fat sour cream to use as a spread on crackers or pretzels." Klinger suggests. "You will get extra energy from the dairy in addition to the delectable fruit of the tree."

Power up with protein

The best sources of energy are snacks that are high in protein. Your body will be craving carbs and other high fat foods during the holidays, which can make you sluggish. "Instead try yogurt or low-fat cheeses as a snack especially after a workout," explains Klinger. "Another option is a handful of nuts, a great source of heart healthy protein."

Remember,
just because these quick bites have energy enhancing potential, doesn't mean
you should pack on the helpings. When choosing a snack, portion control is
important based on your activity level -- so hit the gym or go for a jog before
or after you indulge!

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