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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

                    10 chicken and potato hash

                      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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                                      19 chickpea pancake

                                        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

                                                    26 spinach eggs

                                                      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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                                                                How to Delegate Work Effectively (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                                                How to Delegate Work Effectively (Step-By-Step Guide)

                                                                All managers and leaders must master the art of delegation. Understanding how and when to allocate responsibility to others is essential in maintaining a high level of productivity, both on a personal and organizational level. Knowing how to delegate is also essential for an effective leadership.

                                                                To learn how to delegate is to build a cohesive and effective team who can meet deadlines. Moreover, knowing when and how to delegate work will reduce your workload, thus improving your wellbeing at work and boosting your job satisfaction. Unfortunately, many leaders are unsure how to delegate properly or are hesitant to do so.

                                                                In this guide, you will discover what delegation really entails, how it benefits your team, and how to delegate work effectively.

                                                                The Importance of Delegation

                                                                An effective leader knows how to delegate. When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more on a daily basis. Effective delegation also promotes productivity within a team by drawing on the existing skill set of its members and allowing them to develop new knowledge and competencies along the way. The result is a more flexible team that can share roles when the need arises.[1]

                                                                When you are willing to delegate, you are promoting an atmosphere of confidence and trust. Your actions send a clear signal: as a leader, you trust your subordinates to achieve desired outcomes. As a result, they will come to think of you as a likeable and efficient leader who respects their skills and needs.

                                                                Delegation isn’t about barking orders and hoping that your staff falls in line. A manager’s job is to get the very best from those under their supervision and in doing so, maximizing productivity and profit.[2]

                                                                Here’s an example of bad delegation:

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                                                                  Careful delegation helps to identify and capitalize on the unique strengths and weaknesses of the team members. Delegation also boosts employees’ engagement as it proves that the managers are interested in drawing on their talents.[3]

                                                                  The Fear of Delegating Tasks

                                                                  Delegation boosts productivity, but not all managers are willing or able to delegate.[4] Why? Here’re some common reasons:[5]

                                                                  • They may resent the idea that someone else may get the credit for a project.
                                                                  • They may be willing to delegate in principle but are afraid their team won’t be able to handle an increased degree of responsibility.
                                                                  • They may suspect that their staff is already overworked, and feel reluctant to increase their burden.
                                                                  • They may suspect that it’s simpler and quicker just to do a task themselves.
                                                                  • They dislike the idea of letting go of tasks they enjoy doing.
                                                                  • They fear that if they delegate responsibility, their own manager will conclude that they can’t handle their workload.

                                                                  Delegation vs Allocation

                                                                  Most people think that delegation and allocation are synonymous, but there is an important distinction to be made between the two.[6]

                                                                  When you allocate a task, you are merely instructing a subordinate to carry out a specific action. You tell them what to do, and they do it–it’s that simple. On the other hand, delegation involves transferring some of your own work to another person. They do not just receive a set of instructions. Rather, they are placed in a role that requires that they make decisions and are held accountable for outcomes.[7]

                                                                  How to Delegate Work Effectively (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                                                  So what’s the best way to delegate work so you can fight the fear of delegation, build an efficient team and work faster? Here’s a step-by-step guide:

                                                                  1. Know When to Delegate

                                                                  By understanding how much control you need to maintain over a situation, you can determine the best strategy for empowering workers. There are 7 levels of delegation that offer workers different degrees of responsibility.

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                                                                  This brief video explains these levels and offers examples of when it’s appropriate to use each one:

                                                                  Delegation occurs along a spectrum. The lowest level of delegation happens when you tell other people what to do. It offers little opportunity for employees to try new approaches. The most empowering form of delegation occurs when you are able to give up most of your control over the project to the employee.

                                                                  Knowing how to delegate work helps you understand how to connect people with tasks that make the best use of their talents. When done properly, it ensures that you will get the best end-result.[8]

                                                                  When you’re deciding how to delegate work, ask the following questions:

                                                                  • Do you have to be in charge of this task, or can someone else pull it off?
                                                                  • Does this require your attention to be successful?
                                                                  • Will this work help an employee develop their skills?
                                                                  • Do you have time to teach someone how to do this job?
                                                                  • Do you expect tasks of this nature to recur in the future?

                                                                  2. Identify the Best Person for the Job

                                                                  You have to pass the torch to the right team member for delegation to work. Your goal is to create a situation in which you, your company, and the employee have a positive experience.

                                                                  Think about team members’ skills, willingness to learn, and their working styles and interests. They’ll be able to carry out the work more effectively if they’re capable, coachable, and interested. When possible, give an employee a chance to play to their strengths.

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                                                                  Inexperienced workers may need more guidance than seasoned veterans. If you don’t have the time to set the newer employee up for success, it’s not fair to delegate to them.

                                                                  You also have to consider how busy your employees are. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm someone by giving them too many responsibilities.

                                                                  3. Tell and Sell to Get the Member Buy-In

                                                                  After you’ve found the perfect person for the job, you still have to get them to take on the new responsibility. Let them know why you chose them for the job. [9] When you show others that you support their growth, it builds a culture of trust. Employees who see delegated tasks as opportunities are more likely to be invested in the outcome.

                                                                  When you’re working with newer employees, express your willingness to provide ongoing support and feedback. For seasoned employees, take their thoughts and experiences into account.

                                                                  4. Be Clear and Specific About the Work

                                                                  It’s critical to explain to employees why the project is necessary, what you expect of them, and when it’s due.[10] If they know what you expect, they’ll be more likely to deliver.

                                                                  By setting clear expectations, you help them plan how to carry out the task. Set up project milestones so that you can check progress without micromanaging. If your employee has trouble meeting a milestone, they still have time to course correct before the final product is due.

                                                                  This type of accountability is commonly used in universities. If students only know the due date and basic requirements for completing major research papers, they might put off the work until the eleventh hour. Many programs require students to meet with advisers weekly to get guidance, address structure, and work out kinks in their methods in advance of deadlines. These measures set students up to succeed while giving them the space to produce great work.

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                                                                  5. Support Your Employees

                                                                  To see the best possible outcomes of delegating, your subordinates need resources and support from you. Connect them with training and materials to develop skillsets they don’t already have.[11] It may take more time up front to make resources available, but you’ll save time by having the work done correctly. For recurring tasks, this training pays off repeatedly.

                                                                  Sometimes employees need a help to see what they’re doing well and how they can improve. Giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of delegation. This is also a good way to monitor the delegated tasks as a leader. While you can keep track of the progress of the tasks, you are not micro-managing the employees.

                                                                  Throughout the project, periodically ask your employees if they need support or clarification. Make it clear that you trust them to do the work, and you want to create a space for them to ask questions and offer feedback. This feedback will help you refine the way you delegate work.

                                                                  6. Show Your Appreciation

                                                                  During periodic check-ins, recognize any wins that you’ve seen on the project so far. Acknowledge that your employees are making progress toward the objective. The Progress Principle lays out how important it is to celebrate small wins to keep employees motivated.[12] Workers will be more effective and dedicated if they know that you notice their efforts.

                                                                  Recognizing employees when they do well helps them understand the quality of work you expect. It makes them more likely to want to work with you again on future projects.

                                                                  Bottom Line

                                                                  Now that you know exactly what delegation means and the techniques to delegate work efficiently, you are in a great position to streamline your tasks and drive productivity in your team.

                                                                  To delegate is to grant autonomy and authority to someone else, thus lightening your own workload and building a well-rounded, well-utilized team.

                                                                  Delegation might seem complicated or scary, but it gets much easier with time. Start small by delegating a couple of decisions to members of your team over the next week or two.

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                                                                  Reference

                                                                  [1] BOS Staffing: 5 Benefits Of Delegation – Empower Your Team
                                                                  [2] Brian Tracy International: How to Delegate The Right Tasks To The Right People: Effective Management Skills For Leadership Success
                                                                  [3] MindTools: Successful Delegation: Using The Power Of Other People’s Help
                                                                  [4] Fast Company: The Three Most Common Fears About Delegation: Debunked
                                                                  [5] Leadership Skills Training: Delegation
                                                                  [6] Abhinav Jain: Delegation of work vs Allocation of work
                                                                  [7] Anthony Donovan: Management Training: Delegating Effectively
                                                                  [8] Management 3.0: Practice: Delegation Board
                                                                  [9] Focus: The Creativity and Productivity Blog: A Guide to Delegating Tasks Effectively
                                                                  [10] Inc.: 6 Ways to Delegate More Effectively
                                                                  [11] The Muse: The 10 Rules of Successful Delegation
                                                                  [12] Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: The Progress Principle

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