Ever wondered what snack you should eat before a big presentation or before you start burning those calories? Good question! It's important to fuel yourself with the right kind of food for every situation, since different activities require different nutrients. Here are the best kinds of food to eat when you're...
Trying to lose weight
These berries are said to be packed with fiber–one cup provides eight grams or over 30 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake. In one article, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD says that the natural chemical responsible for raspberries' mouthwatering aroma is similar to capsaicin, the substance that puts the heat in hot peppers and has been shown to fire up metabolism.
Skip the cereal and go for oats! Aside from it being a low-fat, high-protein superfood, oatmeal lowers your cholesterol and helps you feel full. Also, it can ease constipation and help control your blood sugar.
According to a recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, yogurt is among the top foods linked with weight change and is also included in the top five foods that promoted weight loss.
Planning to work out
According to Dr. Louise Burke, head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance: Peak Nutrition for Your Sport, bananas are nature’s power bars. They are said to be loaded with digestible carbohydrates and are packed with potassium, which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function.
Whole wheat bread or bagel
Manuel Villacorta, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association says that this is the ideal breakfast that will fuel you from start to finish, "Simple carbs burn quickly, like paper, while complex carbs burn like wood and take a little longer to provide energy."
Cereal with skim milk
An hour or two before your workout, start with just a little bit of protein. Nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM, and author of Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance, says this combination will help you feel satisfied and fueled and may also help reduce muscle soreness.
Preparing for a presentation
Raw veggies with a glass of ice water
CBS reports that vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that counter the effects of stress. In a British food and mood study, over 70 percent of the participants reported that upping their water and produce intake improved their mood and 25 percent said that a few simple dietary changes reduced both panic attacks and anxiety.
Nuts and chocolates
Before the big presentation, snack on nuts and chocolates–these have chemicals like serotonin that can keep your body relaxed.
According to an article from Women’s Health, all berries are rich in vitamin C and have been known to be helpful in combating stress.