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10 Healthy Chocolate Recipes for Breakfast, Yes for Breakfast!

10 Healthy Chocolate Recipes for Breakfast, Yes for Breakfast!

There was one day of the year where my mum would allow me to have chocolate for breakfast: Christmas Day.

Between the ages of 2–7:

“No chocolate with breakfast! Growing boys need milk and (insert bread of the week here).”

Between the ages of 7–12:

“No chocolate with breakfast! Dad’s family have diabetes.”

Between the ages of 13–17:

“No chocolate with breakfast! —or you won’t get into university.”

Clearly, toward the end of my younger years, she was pulling strings.

I still remember my first year of University which entailed freedom of choice when it came to breakfast. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to eat a chocolate croissant, chocolate milk, leftover chocolate cake from the weekend’s dessert, or a combination of all three, for breakfast. Granted, these meals left me feeling sluggish, heavy and more often than not, resulted in me heading back to bed to nurse a sugar coma.

Now that I’m educated when it comes to nutrition and what works well for me personally, I can make better choices. Something which stays constant—chocolate in my diet. Thanks to these 10 healthy chocolate recipes, I can have it as part of my first meal of the day.

What excuse do you have now, mum?

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola via Cleaneatsfastfeets 

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    We often thank a generous amount of butter or oil for producing a delicious granola. Not this one. Thanks to the natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice), there is no need to use excessive oils. Add a sprinkling of chocolate chips and you have a balanced breakfast which is sinfully nutritious!

    2. Chocolate Kabocha Donuts via Kiss My Broccoli

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      How many of you can claim already eating a serving of vegetables before lunch time? Not many. These delectable-looking donuts have a hidden mashed winter squash in them, giving you the beta carotene glow before noon. (Don’t take that as verbatim).

      3. Dreamy Dark Chocolate Scones via Peas & Crayons

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        Dreamy Dark Chocolate Scones. Sounds like something I’d wish for my final meal. Thanks to the reduction in sugar and antioxidant boost of dark chocolate, you can convince even the most skeptical of people (*cough* mum *cough*) that this is an acceptable breakfast choice.

        4. Grain Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins via The Healthy Maven 

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          These light, grain-free muffins look like a moreish chocolate treat—who could tell there is shredded zucchini enrobed in it? Another recipe to tackle a vegetable eaten before lunchtime.

          5. Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes via Minimalist Baker

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            If you removed the “Healthy” from the title, my arteries would be dancing in circles. Thanks to the wholesome ingredient list, it’s my heart which is dancing—in nourished joy.

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            6. Chocolate Covered Orange Pancakes via Kiss My Broccoli 

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              Fluffy, sugar free pancakes with a clean chocolate sauce? I think you could call this breakfast a superfood. Scrap that: pancakes should be a superfood in their own right.

              7. Chocolate Brownie Batter Blizzard via Minimalist Baker

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                Think you need to go to Wendy’s or another fast food chain to get a Blizzard? Nope. Packed full of fruit, cocoa and no added sugar, this brownie batter-inspired blizzard will leave you happy and satisfied—without the heavy feeling from its inspiration.

                8. Vegan Double Chocolate Banana Brownies via Blissful Britt

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                  Free from refined sugar, oil and with the addition of a banana, this Vegan-friendly brownie makes a perfect complex carbohydrate choice for your mornings—pair it with a side of eggs and you have a balanced breakfast.

                  9. Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa via How Sweet Eats 

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                    A healthy, delicious twist on the classic instant oatmeal packets—this breakfast quinoa is taken to another level, thanks to a sprinkling of chocolate chips.

                    10. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes via Sally’s Baking Addiction 

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                      With Fall in the near future, these delicious seasonally inspired pancakes would be the perfect motivation (and sustenance) to rake some leaves. It’s all about the sustenance—right?

                      The next time someone bans you from chocolate for breakfast, divert them to this article—or at least, divert my mum here.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.comiew via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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