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Focus on Power Foods

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  -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer
Did you know that ants can lift up to 50 times their own weight? This goes to show that power can come from small places. The same theory applies to power foods. 

Power foods are a combination of low calories and high nutrients, or foods that keep you feeling satisfied. Quite simply, you can make your calories work for you. The more efficiently you eat, the more you can eat before reaching your calorie limit.

The great part about power foods is that you are likely eating some of them already! And if not, parts of your diet can be easily replaced by other power foods. Adding just a few more power foods can make a big difference in your calorie intake and appetite.

At the top of the Power Food list are foods that contain proteins, fiber and healthy (whole grain) carbohydrates. These foods have tons of nutrients that give you long-lasting energy without a lot of calories, all while making you feel fuller faster. However, there are power foods in every food group and plenty of options to choose from.

 Good Power Foods 

Grains
  • whole wheat cereal
  • oatmeal
  • whole wheat bread,
  • whole wheat pita
  • whole wheat bagels
  • whole wheat pasta
  • brown rice
  • whole rye
Fruits/Veggies
  • oranges
  • berries 
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • apples
  • avocado
  • chili peppers
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
Dairy/Protein
  • low fat or skim milk
  • low fat yogurt
  • salmon
  • tuna
  • chicken
  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • walnuts and hazelnuts
  • beans
  • eggs