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Food Factoids: Nuts, Carbs, Protein, Caffeine, Chocolate and Omega-3’s

 ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – and Energized!

Carbohydrates may be the enemy of some adhering to fad diets, but they are important energy sources and have even been shown to elevate your mood by raising serotonin levels. The body uses food for energy by converting it into glucose. Carbs are the easiest “fuel” for the body to convert, making them the perfect go-to source for quick energy. To keep your energy going at full speed this holiday season, choose complex carbs like whole grains, vegetables, beans and fresh fruits. They also help promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients that keep the body in balance. Easily digested carbohydrates such as white breads and rice, candy, and processed foods can lead to weight gain or interfere with weight loss. So stay away from the sweets to avoid blood sugar spikes and feelings of moodiness and fatigue. Keep your blood sugar (and your mood!) stable by turning down the second helping of fruit cake and picking up a piece of fruit! The fiber will also help keep blood sugar levels and your mood stable throughout your long days and nights keeping up with the holiday festivities. Source: (Wurtman and Wurtman, 1995)

Go NUTS for Nuts!

Almonds, cashews and hazelnuts are rich sources of protein and magnesium — a mineral reported to have energy boosting benefits by helping to convert sugar into energy. Research has suggested that a deficiency in magnesium can lead to feelings of sluggishness. Also, studies suggest that there is a link between selenium levels and mood. A New Zealand study found the addition of just two Brazil Nuts per day was as effective in regulation of selenium levels as supplements. So go ahead, grab a handful at your next holiday party! Sources: ( and