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31 Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Will Super Boost Your Energy

31 Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Will Super Boost Your Energy

It’s no secret that mornings can be rough. It could be you didn’t get enough sleep or you spent last night partying with friends. Maybe you just hate mornings and have no urge to move from the comfort of your bed. Whatever the reason, one of the best ways to cope is with a delicious and healthy breakfast.

A good breakfast can set a positive tone for your entire day. Let these 31 healthy recipes be your guide to a great morning:

1. Whole-Wheat Pancakes

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    This new and improved take on the whole-wheat pancake from Skinny Taste is delicious and high in fiber. Fill up to help cut back on the need to snack later in the day.

    2. Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Bahn Mi

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      This tofu breakfast recipe was adapted from the Vegan Eats World cookbook. Tofu is considered an alternate source of protein for those looking to get away from eating meat.

      3. Egg-White Muffin Melt

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        This egg muffin sandwich recipe does away with the yolk, which can help you enjoy the nutritional benefits of eggs with less calories.

        4. Green Tea Smoothie

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          Green tea is a popular antioxidant and can even improve brain function, but not everyone has the time to sit quietly and sip a cup. Not a problem! This smoothie can give you a boost as you prepare to head out the door.

          5. Waffles With Ricotta and Peaches

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            Whole-grain waffles, peaches and ricotta cheese are a healthy and yummy combination. The ricotta is a great source of calcium and protein.

            6. Breakfast BLT

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              This is a revised version of the classic, one that features turkey bacon. Note: Try to use Jennie-O’s extra lean turkey bacon if you can; it’s low in calories and has no trans-fat.

              7. Open-Faced Broiled Egg, Spinach and Tomato Sandwich

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                Spinach is a superfood, one loaded with vitamins A, D, C, K and E. It’s actually filled with nutrients thought to fight off cancer and inflammation. You shouldn’t be shy about piling a heaping serving on your opened-faced egg sandwich.

                8. Hummus Wraps With Grains and Greens

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                  Nonstarchy greens are a good tool for weight loss and lowering your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Paired with high-fiber grains, this nutritious wrap can prove to not only benefit your overall health, but also be a great way to enjoy leftovers.

                  9. Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

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                    Pineapple is a great fruit for treating digestive problems, and it turns out the healthiest people on earth have a coconut-rich diet. All the more reason to bring the two fruits together in a nutritious smoothie.

                    10. Chicken and Potato Hash With Fried Eggs

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                      Opt for white meat when putting this recipe together for breakfast; it contains less fat and fewer calories than the darker meat.

                      11. Berry Protein Smoothie

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                        If your idea of a good start to the day is a workout routine, don’t forget to fuel your body with this berry protein workout smoothie. The healing properties of antioxidant-rich berries can be just the right thing after a tough workout session.

                        12. Cinnamon Cottage Cheese With Sliced Apple

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                          Cinnamon is a spice that is outstanding for controlling your blood sugar levels. Sprinkle it atop lowfat cottage cheese and apple slices.

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                          13. Breakfast Skillet Taco

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                            Epicurious has a very popular version of this Mexican dish available. To make this a vegan dish, substitute the chorizo with Soyrizo. Both versions feature cilantro, a plant that contains vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and minerals like potassium and manganese.

                            14. Bagel With Lox and Cream Cheese

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                              According to Prevention, a bagel with lox and cream cheese can be great for your skin, courtesy of the omega-3 fatty acids.

                              15. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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                                This simple breakfast bowl stars quinoa, a whole grain that boasts many nutrients such as iron and B vitamins. Quinoa is also gluten-free.

                                16. Vegan Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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                                  Chocolate as a healthy breakfast item? It certainly works out when used to maximum effect, as with this vegan chocolate cherry smoothie. Chocolate and cherries have great antioxidant properties and cherries are said to regulate sleep cycles, fight cancer and fight free radicals.

                                  17. Frittata Italiana

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                                    Here is a healthy version of this Italian omelet recipe. In addition to cutting calories with the use of egg whites, this recipe includes basil leaves, which scientists believe may be useful in fighting the effects of arthritis.

                                    18. Key Lime Greek Yogurt

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                                      If you somehow missed it, over the past few years health-conscious individuals have been singing the praises of Greek yogurt. It’s a high-protein, low-carb addition to your diet. Get your fill with a Key Lime Greek Yogurt.

                                      19. Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

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                                        This chickpea pancake recipe is high in fiber and is gluten free. These legumes also contain vitamins like thiamin and folate.

                                        20. Lemon Blueberry Scones

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                                          The Greek yogurt used in these lemon blueberry scones works as a wonderful substitute for butter. Using whole-wheat flour can help make this a guilt-free breakfast treat.

                                          21. Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait

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                                            While preparing a strawberry and quinoa parfait to get your morning under way, it is easy to appreciate how strawberries are both delicious and unbelievably good for us.

                                            22. Ginger Mango Smoothie

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                                              Fresh ginger brings something special to this mango smoothie. It provides relief for gastrointestinal problems, and if you are pregnant, ginger helps fight nausea. The anti-inflammatory spice also is believed to combat colorectal cancer.

                                              23. Sliced Egg and Tomato Sandwich With Pesto Mayonnaise

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                                                Enjoy a sliced egg and tomato sandwich featuring a low-fat mayo and pesto mixture. What’s pesto mayo? Pesto is full of healthy ingredients like pine nuts, olive oil and basil. This sauce is considerably better for you than the full-fat mayo version.

                                                24. Garden Veggie Omelet

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                                                  Get a serving of protein and tasty veggies in one nutritious omelet. This breakfast meal calls for a green bell pepper.

                                                  25. Banana-Oat Smoothie

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                                                    Bananas are literally among the best sources of potassium around. Get your fill in a yummy banana-oat smoothie.

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                                                    26. Spinach-Cheese Egg Scramble

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                                                      A spinach-cheese egg scramble is a breakfast option that is high in fiber, vitamins and protein. You will get a much-needed boost of energy that will carry you through the day.

                                                      27. Egg Scallion Pancakes

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                                                        Not many people would think to use scallions in pancakes, but this healthy recipe promises a great outcome. These young green onions contain a large amount of vitamin K in addition to being low in calories and fat-free.

                                                        28. Creamsicle Breakfast Smoothie

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                                                          Ah, delicious creamsicles. While it isn’t exactly ice cream for breakfast, this creamsicle smoothie will help you start the morning with carbs, protein and plenty of electrolytes. All of this is good for having a high-energy start to your day.

                                                          29. Blackberry Chai Breakfast Bowl

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                                                            Want to look years younger? Blackberries are said to inspire tightening of the skin for a more youthful look. Ponder your ageless skin over a blackberry chai breakfast bowl.

                                                            30. Easy and Healthy Egg Salad Sandwich

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                                                              This egg salad sandwich is low in calories, while providing 15 percent of your vitamin A and 20 percent of your iron for the day.

                                                              31. Green Goddess Smoothie

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                                                                This green smoothie is highly recommended for more reasons than starting your day off right. Says Kimberly Snyder, the clinical nutritionist who developed this drink, “In one delicious drink, we get the fuel to not only lose weight, but rejuvenate our skin, fight aging and increase our energy.”

                                                                Want to get the most out of these delicious breakfast recipes? Why not try each one every morning for a month. Find your favorites and make it a goal to choose healthy breakfast options to boost your energy and positively impact your body.

                                                                Chances are that with these tasty and unique options, you won’t regret it.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Culinary Adventures in the Kitchen via culinaryadventuresinthekitchen.com

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                                                                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                                You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                                                                Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                                                                When you train your brain, you will:

                                                                • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                                                                • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                                                                • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                                                                So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                                                                1. Work your memory

                                                                Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                                                                When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                                                                If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                                                                The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                                                                Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                                                                Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                                                                What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                                                                For example, say you just met someone new:

                                                                “Hi, my name is George”

                                                                Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                                                                Got it? Good.

                                                                2. Do something different repeatedly

                                                                By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                                                                Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                                                                It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                                                                And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                                                                But how does this apply to your life right now?

                                                                Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                                                                Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                                                                Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                                                                So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                                                                You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                                                                That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                                                                3. Learn something new

                                                                It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                                                                For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                                                                Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                                                                You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                                                                4. Follow a brain training program

                                                                The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                                                                5. Work your body

                                                                You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                                                                Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                                                                Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                                                                Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                                                                6. Spend time with your loved ones

                                                                If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                                                                If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                                                                I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                                                                7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                                                                Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                                                                Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                                                                Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                                                                8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                                                                Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                                                                When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                                                                So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                                                                The bottom line

                                                                Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                                                                Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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