Foods can boost energy in three ways: by providing sufficient calories, by delivering stimulants like caffeine, and by pushing the metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently. As for mood, the best foods are those that stabilize blood sugar and trigger feel-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin.
Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey are healthy sources of protein, including the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine boosts levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that can help you feel more alert and focused. Meats also contain vitamin B-12, which may combat insomnia and depression.
Remember to read the labels to make sure your meats really are lean, though. Most red meats have a percentage of lean meat on the front of the package. White meats and ground meats do not usually. When you buy ground turkey or chicken, look for ground breast meat. If you don’t, you are getting dark meat mixed in and it is far less lean.
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