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30 Breakfast Ideas To Keep You Energized All Morning

30 Breakfast Ideas To Keep You Energized All Morning

Start your day off right with a breakfast that not only fills you up, but gives you the energy to get through the morning.

Southwest Egg Scramble

    1. Southwest Egg Scramble

    Eggs are packed with protein, making them an egg-cellent breakfast option to keep you full ‘til lunch. Try adding a little salsa, avocado, and hot sauce for a southwest take on scrambled eggs.

    Breakfast Fruit Wrap

      2. Peanut Butter & Fruit Breakfast Wrap

      Breakfast wraps are quick and easy, making them perfect for days when you’re running behind. Slather peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla or flax wrap and then pile on the fruit — strawberries, raspberries, bananas, apples, and blueberries are all great choices. You could also sub the peanut butter for greek yogurt for variety and extra protein.

      Citrus Green Smoothie

        3. Citrus Green Smoothie

        Drink your breakfast with this energy-bursting citrus green smoothie. Made with leafy green spinach, an energy-producing vegetable, grapefruit and oranges, you’ll get plenty of morning zest and calcium.

        Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

          4. Maple Pecan Quinoa Bowl

          If you like oatmeal, you’re gonna love this spin on a breakfast classic. The Maple Pecan Quinoa Bowl is full of complex carbohydrates, which digest slowly to keep you full longer. It’s also a great breakfast for those chilly autumn mornings, warming you up and preparing you for the day.

          Waffles & Fruit

            5. Peanut Butter & Fruit Waffles

            Waffles are a popular breakfast option, especially when they are easily prepared in a toaster. Instead of adding syrup and butter to your waffles, try adding peanut butter (or Nutella!) and fruit for a healthier and energy-boosting alternative.

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            Oatmeal with Fruit

              6. Oatmeal with Fruit & Nuts

              While oatmeal may seem like a plain and boring breakfast choice, its ability to keep you full has long been proven. Add some fruit, granola, and some nuts to jazz up your oatmeal, giving you even more energy to last all morning.

              Breakfast Burrito

                7. Breakfast Burrito

                Want to get the long-lasting benefits of scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, chives and cheese, but don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast? Wrap up this fiber- and protein-rich breakfast in a whole wheat or flax tortilla or and take it on the go!

                Cereal Sundae

                  8. Cereal Sundae

                  Cereal is a quick and easy way to get a great start to your day. Make your favorite cereal a dessert by using lemon or vanilla greek yogurt to boost fiber and protein. Then, add your toppings, like fruit and granola.

                  Oatmeal Casserole

                    9. Oatmeal Casseroles

                    Looking for a new way to enjoy oatmeal? This delicious oatmeal casserole is a healthy way to get your fiber-filled oats. And, the cool thing about casseroles is that if you make it on Sunday, you’ll have breakfast ready to go all week.

                    Breakfast Quesadilla

                      10. Egg, Cheese, and Ham Quesadillas

                      Quesadillas aren’t just for lunch and dinner anymore. They’re perfect for breakfast too, especially when filled with eggs, cheese, ham, spinach, mushrooms, and other omelette-friendly ingredients.

                      Peanut Butter Quesadilla

                        11. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

                        If you’re not an omelette fan, you can also make your breakfast quesadillas with peanut butter and bananas. Or with any other fruit you like.

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                        Berry Breakfast Smoothie

                          12. Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie

                          This breakfast smoothie is berry good, combining energy-packed fruits and oats to sustain you throughout the morning.

                          Healthy Breakfast Casserole

                            13. Breakfast Casserole

                            Another easy breakfast casserole is this egg, hashbrown, and sausage dish. You can’t go wrong when combining these breakfast faves — and it’s easy to heat up and go in the morning.

                            PB-and-J-Yogurt-Parfait

                              14. PB&J Parfait

                              This PB&J Parfait is yummy and healthy, combining berries, oats, and greek yogurt to keep you full and fuelled up until lunch.

                              Apple Greek Yogurt Pancakes

                                15. Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes

                                Get ready to attack the day when you have Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes for breakfast. These protein-filled stacks will prepare you for the busiest of mornings, allowing you to stay focused and on-task.

                                Egg Bagel Sandwich

                                  16. Bagel Sandwich

                                  Up your breakfast game by turning your next bagel into a power packed morning treat. Add eggs, avocados, tomatoes, and spinach, like in this recipe, to boost your morning productivity.

                                  Fancy Toasts

                                    17. Fancy Toast

                                    Add energizing superfoods, like greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and cinnamon, to your toast for a healthy jumpstart to your day.

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                                    Breakfast BLT

                                      18. Breakfast BLT

                                      If you love BLT’s, you’re gonna love this breakfast version. The addition of egg and avocado will help you step up your morning routine, while the traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato will satisfy your tastebuds.

                                      Cantaloupe Bowl with Fruit

                                        19. Cantaloupe Yogurt Bowl

                                        Fruit, besides being delicious, gives the body power. And, when combined with greek yogurt, it becomes a breakfast super meal.

                                        Breakfast Pizza

                                          20. Breakfast Fruit Pizza

                                          What could be better than pizza for breakfast? Especially when this pizza raises your energy level and tastes yummy.

                                          Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

                                            21. Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

                                            Incorporate more wholesome grains and oats into your diet with Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. This dish is not only heart healthy, but will sustain you all morning.

                                            Banana Almond Smoothie

                                              22. Banana Almond Smoothie

                                              Jumpstart your morning with this Banana Almond Smoothie. It’s a smoothie-shake hybrid made with greek yogurt, bananas, and vanilla almond milk, blended together to kickstart your day.

                                              Pumpkin Muffins

                                                23. Pumpkin Muffins

                                                Fall is the perfect time to make these scrumptious pumpkin muffins. Make them on a Sunday and you’ll have a healthy, energy boosting breakfast every day throughout the week.

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                                                Crustless Quiche

                                                  24. Crustless Quiche

                                                  This crustless pastry dish is light and airy, leaving you feeling ready to take on the day.

                                                  Breakfast Biscuits

                                                    25. Egg & Cheese Sandwiches/Biscuits

                                                    Don’t spend money on egg and cheese sandwiches/biscuits when you can make your own! Plus, these DIY breakfast biscuits are healthier and more filling.

                                                    Avocado Egg Toast

                                                      26. Avocado & Egg Flatbread

                                                      Filled with protein and healthy fats, an avocado and egg flatbread is guaranteed to keep you full and energized until it’s time for lunch.

                                                      Spinach Ham Cheese Roll Up

                                                        27. Spinach and Ham Omelette Roll Up

                                                        Roll up your spinach and ham omelette in a flax wrap or whole wheat tortilla and take it on the go!

                                                        Mediterranean Breakfast Tostada

                                                          28. Mediterranean Breakfast Tostadas

                                                          This flavorful, greek-inspired tostada will put a pep in your step, giving you the boost you need to accomplish your morning goals.

                                                          Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

                                                            29. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

                                                            Stuff a sweet potato with eggs, bacon, cheese, and various veggies for a delicious and filling breakfast.

                                                            Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins

                                                              30. Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins

                                                              Boost your morning and your productivity with these healthy, low fat, and satisfying Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

                                                              Featured photo credit: img_1607 / with wind via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on October 15, 2018

                                                              Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                                                              Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                                                              “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                                                              While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                                                              1. Dehydration

                                                              If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                                                              If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                                                              You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                                                              2. Lack Of Exercise

                                                              A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                                                              Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                                                              3. A Poor Diet

                                                              The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                                                              An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                                                              Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                                                              4. Skipping Breakfast

                                                              Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                                                              Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                                                              Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                                                              Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                                                              5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                                                              We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                                                              TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                                                              Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                                                              Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                                                              6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                                                              Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                                                              Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                                                              If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                                                              7. Depression

                                                              Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                                                              Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                                                              Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                                                              8. Hypothyroidism

                                                              If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                                                              Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                                                              9. Anemia

                                                              People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                                                              However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                                                              While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                                                              10. Cancer

                                                              While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                                                              Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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