THON 2015, Penn State’s most anticipated event of the year, is just around the corner. In only two short weeks the BJC will be flooded with excitement as we “Empower the Dreamers,” but are you ready? Standing on your feet for 46 hours is no joke, and it can leave you feeling exhausted and weak. Thankfully, these foods will provide you with the energy you need to dance the weekend away.
Almonds are one of the best ways to get an instant energy boost. They are packed with healthy fats, protein and magnesium – a mineral that plays a key role in converting sugar into energy. Grab a handful of this energy packed snack and you will have enough crunchy goodness in the palm of your hand to help you stay focused and energized throughout the weekend.
Low levels of potassium can leave you feeling lethargic, but thankfully bananas are jammed pack with this energy boosting mineral. They also contain Vitamin B-6, a water soluble vitamin that provides you with energy. Not only do bananas contain vitamins and minerals that help boost your energy, but they are conveniently portable, making them an easy pick-me-up snack to keep in your fanny pack throughout THON weekend.
3. Greek Yogurt
With twice the amount of protein, Greek yogurt is a great alternative to regular yogurt. Greek yogurt not only makes a great grab-and-go breakfast, but also a filling snack. Packed with protein and calcium, it will give you the energy you need to dance your heart out.
4. Peanut Butter
The healthy fats, protein and fiber found in peanut butter will keep you feeling full while fueling your body with the energy it needs. Pair this super spread with celery and apples or enjoy it on your favorite sandwich for a quick energy boost.
5. Trail Mix
A handful of trail mix can give you the energy you need to push through those long hours on your feet. The combination of nuts with dried fruit provides your body with healthy fats, carbs and antioxidants. This convenient snack can be enjoyed just about anywhere. Just pop a handful in your mouth and keep dancing FTK!
6. Whole Grains
Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of fuel, but the type of carbs you eat matters. The key is to avoid refined grains, like those found in processed foods and sweets, which give you a quick burst of energy and leave you feeling sluggish later. Whole grains provide your body with important vitamins and minerals, helping to keep you feeling full and focused. Click here to see how you can incorporate whole grains into your diet during THON weekend.
7. Lean Meats
Lean meats, like turkey and chicken, are a great source of protein to help keep you full, strong and focused throughout the weekend. Pro tip: This is a great, unconventional snack to bring your dancer; chances are, they didn’t pack turkey roll-ups or shredded chicken for themselves.
Though not a food, water is vital to your health. Nearly all the major systems in your body depend on water to keep them functioning properly. Dehydration, even in minor levels, can slow these processes down and cause you to feel sluggish and fatigued. With that being said, drinking water is key to surviving THON weekend. Keep a fresh source of water on you at all times.
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