5 Recipes To Give You Superhero Energy

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On the set of the 1960s Batman television show. Photo: Life.time.com

On the set of the 1960s Batman television show. Photo: Life.time.com

It takes a lot of energy to be a superhero. Fighting crime, serving your community and saving cats from trees require you to fuel up properly. Foods high in complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber can keep you feeling energized long after you’ve eaten. Here are five recipes to help you make the most of super energy foods.

Almonds

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Photo: Barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com

Fuel up by snacking on almonds. Not only do they have healthy unsaturated fats, these nuts are packed with vitamin E, zinc, calcium and folic acid.

Rather than the obvious choice of sugar coated almonds, we like this savory rosemary roasted recipe to satisfy your fix for crunch.

Lentils

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Photo: Nurturepod.com

Like almonds, lentils are also dense with protein and very little carbohydrates. Low in fat, lentils give you potassium, iron and phosphorus while regulating your blood sugar.

We love a nice lentil soup or stew for supper. But when you’re looking for a boost of energy on the go, bring some lentil grain-free flatbread with you. Check out this easy recipe on Natural Noshing to make your own.

Avocado

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Photo: 52kitchenadventures.com

Despite its reputation as a high-fat vegetable, avocados lower heart disease and support the body’s inflammatory system. With an average of 14 grams of fiber per avocado, it’s a great source of hunger-satisfying energy.

Avocados are great smashed, crushed or guac’d. Taking it up a notch, we like how this popsicle recipe uses the veggie’s creamy texture for a cold treat.

Berries

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Photo: Celinemarrec.com

Chock full of antioxidants, blueberries, raspberries and the like can give you a super boost of energy. You’ll have more endurance due to the complex carbohydrates and water found in berries that keep you hydrated longer.

Of course you can top off any sweet dish with a handful of berries. Go outside your comfort zone by making a savory dish like these turkey and blueberry burgers for a delicious twist.

Chia Seeds

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Photo: Terraemadre.com

Chia seeds are an outstanding source of energy. These tiny seeds can soak up ten times its weight in water which keeps bodies hydrated and hunger-free longer. Not only do they sustain the body’s electrolytes, they help the body absorb nutrients so you get the maximum energy from your meals.

Start your day right by digging into chia seed bars. Follow this simple recipe by Wellness Mama.

 
  • Does anyone have any good lentil or chia seed recipes? I’ve never cooked with either and would definitely love to give them a try. The flatbread recipe sounds amazing so will give that one a whirl but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  • Nowadays we’re all so saturated with energy drinks and quick fixes and cleanses, it’s so nice to read something that reminds us of the basics: that there are foods out there that will actually give us the energy and health points that we need. Science and engineering are wonderful things, but I’d honestly rather hit the grocery and pick up these basics (and lentils are so cost effective!) than put chemicals in my body. Thanks for the reminder and reassurance!!

  • Rachel Morrell

    Chia seeds an almonds are a staple in our pantry!! We’re super health conscious, so this article was really informative! Added avocados and berries to our grocery list!! I had forgotten how incredibly packed of nutrients berries were! Thanks guys!! So helpful!

  • This article gives some great inspiration! In 2013 I’ve been trying to eat a lot more healthy so all of these give some good ideas for healthy snacks! A health guru that I know SWEARS by almonds so this article just gives backup to that theory! Great article, thank you for sharing!