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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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            Last Updated on January 17, 2019

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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            Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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