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Yummy Nutrition: 5 Quick Meal Ideas to Help You Feel Energized

Yummy Nutrition: 5 Quick Meal Ideas to Help You Feel Energized

Exhaustion is a modern age problem which somehow isn’t on anyone’s priority list. Not getting enough sleep and feeling tired all the time seems to be alright with everyone, although it’s completely unnatural. This lifestyle full of personal sacrifice is a one way street towards a short and unhealthy lifespan – consequences may not be so severe right now, but they are inevitable.

You can make a significant difference just by changing your nutrition. Your body needs enough fuel in order to withhold all challenges you place in front of it and it’s your responsibility to supply it. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it – food is one of the greatest Earth’s pleasures, it comes in all forms and tastes and you should have some fun with it. The following five delicious treats will keep you up and running and you won’t spend more than half an hour preparing them.

1. Spinach Cakes

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    Ingredients:

    • 350gr of fresh spinach
    • ½ cup of ricotta cheese
    • ½ cup of shredded parmesan
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 clove of minced garlic
    • salt
    • pepper

    Preparation:

    Start by preheating your oven to 200 °C.

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    This delicious meal begins with blended spinach – you should process all 350g of it until it’s finely chopped. You should know that spinach is a super food that consists out of a ton of nutrients and it’s low in calories – you now understand why Popeye prefers it. Then, beat two eggs until you get a homogenous mass, after which you can mix all the ingredients together. You should use your muffin pan for this treat; it’s easier to eat and it looks as delicious as it tastes, so oil up about eight cups.

    It takes about twenty minutes for spinach cakes to be done and ready and my suggestion is to let them sit for about five more to cool off.

    2. Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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      Ingredients:

      • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
      • 2 eggs
      • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
      • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
      • 2 tablespoons of oil
      • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
      • 1 cup of milk
      • ½ cup of chocolate chips

      Preparation:

      Start by heating a large skillet to medium heat and cover it with a non-stick spray.

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      You’ll need one large bowl for this recipe so that you don’t have issues with spills. First, mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Take another bowl and blend eggs, oil, Greek yogurt (which contains powerful probiotics) and milk. Then, mix together the dry and wet mixture until you get a homogenous mass, in which you can add chocolate chips. Steer everything gently so that the chips stay in one piece.

      It’s cooking time – you can divide your pancake mixture with a ladle or a measuring cup. Gently pour each new pancake so it gets an even round shape. You can flip each one once you notice the bubbles on top, and leave it for a couple of minutes on the other side.

      You can serve it with honey, maple syrup, any kind of berries, or your favorite topping.

      3. Kale Toast

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        Ingredients:

        • 4 slices of toast bread
        • 300gr of chopped kale
        • 4 eggs
        • 2 cloves of minced and crushed garlic
        • 200gr of crumbled feta
        • salt
        • pepper

        Preparation:

        Toast slices of bread for starters on your preferred heat and leave them aside. Then heat two tablespoons of oil in a larger skillet and add kale, which is very rich in fiber and very low on calories. Steer it gently and cook until it softens, then add garlic, salt and pepper. Cook it for a minute or two longer, remove the skillet off the heat, stir in the feta cheese and cover it so that it doesn’t cool.

        Now, take another skillet and heat another two tablespoons of oil on medium heat. Crack the eggs gently, add some more pepper and salt. Cook for no more than a couple of minutes. Then, remove this skillet from the heat and let the eggs for about three minutes sit, so that the whites form properly and the yolks stay soft.

        Place some kale over each toast and top that with an egg. Eat it while hot.

        4. Celery Juice

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          Ingredients:

          • 2 ribs of celery
          • 1 apple
          • fresh ginger
          • ½ bunch of parsley
          • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

          Preparation:

          Start with cleaning your apple by cutting its core and then cut it into small chunks. As far as ginger is concerned, you’ll need no more than a five centimeters long piece which you should also be cut at least in half. Move on to the celery – which is one of the best veggies you can use for juices and a great source of vitamin K – and cut the ribs. Now, put everything in a juicer and mix it until you get a nice yummy drink. Steer in lemon afterwards and enjoy your nutritious refreshment.

          5. Broccoli Frittata

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            Ingredients:

            • 300gr of broccoli florets
            • 8 eggs
            • ½ of shredded parmesan
            • 2 tablespoons of oil
            • 1 minced and crushed garlic clove
            • crushed red pepper
            • salt
            • pepper

            Preparation:

            Preheat your oven to 170 °C.

            Get a medium sized skillet that can be used in your oven as well, add one tablespoon of olive oil and garlic. Cook that for no more than a minute. Now add broccoli – which is a great source of fiber among others – add some red pepper in powder form and keep heating it for another minute, after which you should add about two or three tablespoons of water and cover your skillet.

            While your mixture is getting crispy and yummy, you should take a medium sized bowl and whisk eggs with salt, black pepper and the remaining tablespoon of oil. Now, mix everything together nicely and cook it for two or three minutes. Take your skillet off the heat, sprinkle it with shredded parmesan and bake it for twelve to fifteen minutes. Delicious, huh?

            Cooking is all about building a sense for combinations – once you figure out which spices bring out the best in which food, you’ll be able to improvise and prepare tasty meals full of nutrients. I’m sure you’ll enjoy each of these meals, so give them a try. Bon appetite!

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            How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

            How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

            Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

            Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

            I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

            You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

            Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

            When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

            I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

            Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

            Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

            Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

            1. The Inner Critic

            This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

            • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
            • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
            • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
            • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

            He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

            Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

            2. The Worrier

            This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

            He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

            Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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            3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

            He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

            He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

            He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

            4. The Sleep Depriver

            This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

            His motivation can be:

            • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
            • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
            • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
            • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

            How can you control these squatters?

            How to Master Your Mind

            You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

            Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

            There are two ways to control your thoughts:

            • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
            • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

            This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

            The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

            Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

            For the Inner Critic

            When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

            You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

            For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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            You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

            “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

            If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

            • He riles up the Worrier.
            • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
            • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
            • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
            • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

            Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

            Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

            For the Worrier

            Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

            Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

            You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

            • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
            • Muscles tense

            Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

            If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

            Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

            “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

            Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

            If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

            Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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            Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

            For example:

            If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

            “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

            Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

            “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

            Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

            For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

            Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

            The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

            • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
            • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
            • Muscles tension

            I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

            Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

            Breathe in through your nose:

            • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
            • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
            • Focus on your belly rising.

            Breathe out through your nose:

            • Feel your lungs emptying.
            • Focus on your belly falling.
            • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

            Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

            Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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            One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

            Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

            For the Sleep Depriver

            (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

            I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

            Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

            1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
            2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

            When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

            From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

            For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

            If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

            You can also use this technique any time you want to:

            • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
            • Shut down your thinking.
            • Calm your feelings.
            • Simply focus on the present moment. 

            Becoming the Master of Your Mind

            Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

            You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

            Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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