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10 Recipes That Nutritionists Recommend for Breakfast

10 Recipes That Nutritionists Recommend for Breakfast

If there’s one thing nutrition experts agree on, it’s this: Eating balanced meals is essential for optimal health.

Breakfast means something different for everyone: It might be the first thing you eat when you wake up, or it might be your mid-morning break. It doesn’t matter when or where you eat it, what matters is that you do. If you can eat a healthy meal for breakfast instead of a granola bar on the way to work, even better.

Here are 10 breakfast recipes nutrition experts would love to see on your personal menu this week, and why.

1. Cinnamon-apple Steel Cut Oatmeal

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    Not a morning person? This breakfast recipe is for you. Not only is it made with fresh ingredients and full of natural cinnamon flavor, but you can also make it the night before so it’s all ready to go when you wake up. You could be eating breakfast before the coffee’s even done, and it’s completely healthy.

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    2. Spinach and Feta Quiche

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      Not a huge fan of vegetables? Try this recipe. Spinach is the ideal vegetable if you don’t like the taste of most vegetables, because it’s easy to incorporate into recipes so you can still reap its benefits without having to taste it. Who doesn’t love eggs and cheese, even with a little spinach mixed in?

      3. Bagel with Homemade Hummus

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        When you’re pressed for time, it’s tempting to just skip breakfast at home and zip through the nearest drive-thru to grab a bagel loaded with cream cheese. It takes two minutes to throw a bagel in the toaster, and with a little homemade hummus spread on top, you’re in for a delicious surprise. Chickpeas have all kinds of hidden health benefits, and making your own hummus requires a food processor and very minimal knowledge of how to cook things.

        4. Homemade Biscuits

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          Biscuits and…well, anything you want! Baking your own biscuits means you’re not limited to whatever your favorite restaurant might automatically pair with them. Make your own gravy, or spread a little butter or jelly on top for great flavor (without so many added calories).

          5. Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola and Fresh Fruit

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            Maybe you’re not a big breakfast eater. That’s okay: plain yogurt with fresh add-ins still counts. Starting with plain Greek yogurt gives you a blank culinary canvas to pair with whatever you want. Add fruit for a healthy sugar boost and granola for a little extra crunch.

            6. Egg White Omelet with Spinach

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              Bored with your basic omelet? Try whisking up an egg white omelet for a subtle yet delicious change in your dietary morning routine. If you’re worried about too much cholesterol and want a lower-calorie option, skipping the egg yolk is this recipe’s claim to fame. It tastes good, too.

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              7. Peanut Butter Banana Flax Smoothie

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                Sometimes it’s still okay to drink your calories, especially if you choose something that has protein and naturally-occurring sugar instead of a lot of artificial ingredients. Making a smoothie with banana and peanut butter is the perfect to-go breakfast if you’re a little short on time. This recipe will also keep you full until lunch, improving your concentration throughout the rest of your morning.

                8. Fruit Salad

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                  There aren’t any fancy techniques to mastering a quick, fresh fruit salad to start your day off right. Simply scoop two cups worth of cottage cheese into a bowl and mix in your favorite fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries work, but feel free to experiment with flavors). Carbohydrates, the sugars each of these ingredients contain, will keep you going even on a Monday.

                  9. Oatmeal Pancakes

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                    Can’t decide whether you want oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast? Problem solved. Oatmeal pancakes taste good, but they’re also good for you. Oatmeal gives you an energy boost to get you through the morning and has been proven to promote good heart health.

                    10. Breakfast Tortilla

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                      Feeling creative this morning? This recipe takes everything you love about breakfast and tosses it all into one pan. You’ll pack in the protein after just 15 minutes of preparation. Once again, the fresh ingredients will leave you feeling filled (and fulfilled) without dedicating your entire morning to the kitchen.

                      Eating healthy isn’t just about the food itself: it’s about enjoying what you eat, and making time to prepare meals with as many fresh ingredients as possible as often as you can. Nutrition experts want you to eat well, but they want you to be happy while doing it, too.

                      Enjoy your breakfast!

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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