6 Best and Worst Foods for Energy

What you eat can help you to stay energized or may make you fizzle out.

Aug. 26, 2013— -- intro: What you eat can help you to stay energized, or may make you fizzle out. Here, we break down the best and worst foods for maintaining high energy.

quicklist: 1 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Big sapper: Doughnuts url: text: Sugar-crash alert. Doughnuts are one of the worst culprits for sapping your energy.

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quicklist: 2 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Big sapper: White bread url: text: Like sweets, refined carbs boost blood sugar fast for quick energy. But they leave us more lethargic than ever.

Try whole-grain bread instead, it provides more fiber than white bread.

quicklist: 3 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Moderate pick-me-up: Spinach url: text: Cash in on B vitamins to fuel metabolism and cell-protecting antioxidants.

Raw or Cooked: Which Vegetables are Healthier?

quicklist: 4 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Moderate pick-me-up: Beans url: text: All the fiber in beans slow digestion and leave you feeling full.

Try these recipes with black beans to fuel you up.

quicklist: 5 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Big booster: Greek yogurt url: text: Protein with carbs and fat gives you a sustained charge.

Try these recipes using Greek yogurt.

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quicklist: 6 category: Best and Worst Foods for Energy title: Big booster: Quinoa url: text: An energy trifecta, quinoa is fiber-rich, has healthy fats, and is a complete protein.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.