Best Way To Start Your Day

Many people wake up in the morning, chug some coffee and go to work. Unless you want to crash halfway through your day, this isn’t the best method for everyday life. Im sure everyone has heard many times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you have, good. If you haven’t, well, now you know. But, do you actually know what this means? Why is it so important and what can you do to make your breakfast better?

Well, the main reason that breakfast is important is because it kickstarts your metabolism early in the morning. What does this mean? This means that your body is starting to burn more calories earlier in the day.

Are you telling me that eating a bagel in the morning will help me lose weight?

No. Im not telling you that since it helps burn more calories that you can eat anything you want. You should have a nicely balanced breakfast in order to give yourself the energy you need and to stay full until your next meal later in the day. Eating a big breakfast will also curb your hunger and not make you freak out and binge eat until you can’t breathe, when you were just bored eating in the first place.

Yes, we have all eaten a half gallon tub of ice cream in one sitting, while binging Netflix and not moving from your bed. Or was that just me?

Having your body satisfied from the moment you wake up is the key to a healthy system. This doesn’t mean to exclude coffee from your morning either because coffee actually gives your body a metabolism boost itself. So combined with the right breakfast, you can put your metabolism into overdrive. This will also help if you like to workout early in the morning, the same way I do. This meal will fuel your workout to help your mind and muscles last longer in the gym. You want to eat this meal 45 minutes to an hour before your workout.

Although, make sure not to eat right before an intense workout or you’ll end up covering your workout partner in oatmeal chunks in the middle of spotting him on the bench press.

First thing you want to do when you wake up is drink an ice cold glass of water. This will help you rehydrate yourself after a long sleep, help wake up your brain and flush toxins out of the body. Then, you can make your breakfast, which should be a healthy balance of carbs, fats and protein. While your breakfast is cooking, you can brew your coffee, or tea.

I have created a short list of some of my favorite breakfast meals to start my day:

  1. Two Sunny Side Up Eggs, Two Slices of Whole Wheat Toast and Half of an Avocado.
  2. Omelette With 2 Whole Eggs 3 Egg Whites Onions Peppers Tomatoes, Bowl of Oatmeal and Chopped Up Strawberries.
  3. Smoothie With Strawberry, Banana, Peanut Butter, Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Skim Milk and a Scoop of Protein Powder.

 

Now does it have to be this exact mixture of foods? Not at all. You can input anything you want into these meals, as long as you keep a good balance of healthy foods.

Simple changes to your every day routine can help improve your quality of life.

 

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Healthier Starbucks/Dunkin’ Options For Your Daily Routine

Are you the type of person that can’t function in the morning without going on your Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts run? You just don’t want to be spoken to until you glug down that piping hot coffee that always burns your tongue. You think you would learn to wait for it to cool down by now, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

Well, at least being from New York, this is the definition of most people that I know.

I think this stems from our parents generation, who would wake up at crazy early hours of the morning with the only thing on their mind being the coffee they were going to stop for on their way to work in the city. They would work all day and come home in time to take care of cooking their kids dinner. How could they get through the day without their caffeine high? What a lot of people don’t know is that caffeine is actually considered a drug. Why? Simply because it stimulates your central nervous system.

Does that mean caffeine is bad for you? No, not necessarily. For the most part, studies show that caffeine is safe unless taken in extremely high doses.

That is good for us, right? This means we can enjoy our morning coffee without debilitating our body. Yes, but not with the drinks that these coffee places are famous for.  For example, one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks, the Caramel Frappuccino. Before I knew any better, this was my go to order. Now, having looked into it, I have parted ways with this tasty drink.

A medium Caramel Frappuccino, or so called “grande”, will run up about 420 calories. It will cover just under 25% of your recommended daily fat and carbohydrates, along with 66 grams of sugar. That is more than DOUBLE the amount of sugar you should consume in one day. Talk about diabetes…

Oh, so we are supposed to drink plain coffee with nothing in it? That is too bland I can’t give up my Nutella Frappuccino. No, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog. To save everyone from obesity, I have created a list of great tasting healthier options for the caffeine lovers:

Starbucks

  1. Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte – Grande – 80 Calories

  2. Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato – Grande – 140 Calories

  3. Caffe Americano – Grande – 15 Calories

  4. Non-Fat Green Tea Latte – Grande – 190 Calories

  5. Non-Fat Caffe Mocha(Hold the Whip) – Grande – 250 Calories

  6. Iced Coffee with Skim Milk – Grande – 100 Calories

  7. Caramel Frappuccino Light – Grande – 150 Calories

  8. Iced Passion Tango Tea – Grande – 45 Calories

 

*Numbers 1 through 6 can all be replicated at other places like Dunkin’ Donuts, but make sure they give you skim milk instead of whole milk and leave out the “skinny”. Unless you just want to confuse the workers and have them look at you in shock.

Like I have said in my last post and will stick to in all of my posts, a healthy lifestyle is created by simple, healthier changes that you can make in your everyday life.