6 Best and Worst Foods for Energy

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What you eat can help you to stay energized, or may make you fizzle out. Here, we break down the best and worst foods for maintaining high energy.

Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Big sapper: Doughnuts

Sugar-crash alert. Doughnuts are one of the worst culprits for sapping your energy.

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Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Big sapper: White bread

Like sweets, refined carbs boost blood sugar fast for quick energy. But they leave us more lethargic than ever.

Try whole-grain bread instead, it provides more fiber than white bread.

Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Moderate pick-me-up: Spinach

Cash in on B vitamins to fuel metabolism and cell-protecting antioxidants.

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Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Moderate pick-me-up: Beans

All the fiber in beans slow digestion and leave you feeling full.

Try these recipes with black beans to fuel you up.

Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Big booster: Greek yogurt

Protein with carbs and fat gives you a sustained charge.

Try these recipes using Greek yogurt.

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Best and Worst Foods for Energy

Big booster: Quinoa

An energy trifecta, quinoa is fiber-rich, has healthy fats, and is a complete protein.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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