Health.com: 11 Ways to Boost Your Energy with Food

Don't Zap Fat

Don't eliminate healthy fats if you want more energy. "You need fat to absorb some key antioxidants," says Sass. In one study that compared salads served with fat-free, low-fat, and full-fat dressing, people absorbed fewer antioxidants from the veggies when they ate fat-free dressing. The reason: Some antioxidants have to grab onto fat in order to be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood, where they can go to work. Antioxidants are important for energy because they flight free radicals and keep your cells healthy, Sass adds.

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