How To Start Your Day Energized

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“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will be able to use your talent to produce outstanding results,”–Tony Robbins

You probably remember hearing your mom say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” when you were growing up. Well, mom was right.

Breakfast is the foundation for the energy you’ll have the rest of your day. That’s why it’s important to not only eat it, but to eat the right foods. You want to choose food that will nourish your body and energize you.

Why Breakfast is so important

Breakfast sets up your entire day of eating. If you skip breakfast, you’ll be starving by lunch time, which can cause you to overeat.

When your body thinks it’s starving, it goes into “starvation mode,” which slows down your metabolism and causes your body to store your calorie intake as fat. It’s actually been proven that people who consistently eat breakfast weigh less than people who don’t.

Plus when you don’t eat breakfast you’ll feel tired all morning and end up drinking even more coffee to make up for it.

It’s a vicious cycle. If you’re ready to break it, start by eating something in the morning that will give you energy.

When you have energy, you’ll be able to think on your feet, be creative when you need to be and have the ability to make it through an entire writing session.

Energizing Breakfast Foods

You want to stay away from any kind of bread products, like pastries, donuts or bagels, as these foods will lower you energy levels and make you feel lethargic. Instead choose a combination of fruits/vegetables and protein.

Here are some energizing breakfast ideas:

  • Oatmeal or Creamy Buckwheat Hot Cereal—if you’re not allergic to wheat, oatmeal is a strong way to start your morning. Cook some steel-cut oats, then create any flavor combination you can think of using things like almond milk, dried fruit, fresh fruit and spices. If you’re gluten-free, start your morning with buckwheat cereal instead.
  • Banana Breakfast “Sundae”—you’ll be amazed at what you can make with a little creativity. Take for instance the banana breakfast “sundae” I created one morning when I had random ingredients and needed something quick. This recipe uses peanut butter, chopped nuts, dried cranberries and fresh banana. Get the recipe by signing up for the InkyBites newsletter.
  • Green Smoothies—with a mixture of leafy green vegetables and fruit, you can create a delicious, healthy smoothie that will energize your morning. I recommend equal parts fruit and greens, but play with different combinations to see what you like best. Get an energizing smoothie recipe here.
  • Vegetable Omelet—if you have time, a veggie omelet is an eggs-cellent way to energize your morning. The combination of veggies and protein should keep you full until lunch time. Make an Italian omelet using sausage, chopped tomatoes, onions and basil; go Greek with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, oregano and feta cheese; visit the flavors of Mexico with cotija cheese, chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro, topped with salsa and avocado slices.

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