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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 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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