You Better Do This In The Morning

 

There’s no easier way to improve your mood than by learning things to do in the morning to have a good day. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed can affect your attitude for the rest of your day. By changing up your morning routine with some of these suggestions, you will feel more refreshed and relaxed for the day ahead. So read on to learn 10 things to do in the morning to have a good day!

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1. WAKE UP ON TIME!
First up for things to do in the morning to have a good day is to actually wake up! Most of us hear that annoying loud alarm go off in our ears and quickly hit the snooze button. Then it goes off again, snooze, and again, snooze, and again! Hitting the snooze on your alarm clock over and over won’t help you feel any more awake in 10, 20, or 30 minutes. All it will do is have you wake up late and have to rush to work or school, which isn’t a very nice start to your day. Instead, get up at the right time (or earlier) so you can have enough time to get ready and relax a bit.

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2. DRINK WATER
Following getting out of #bed, the first thing you should do is drink a big glass of water. It’s so simple but most of us overlook the fact that our #body is in desperate need of water after a long night’s sleep. In fact, one of the most common reasons for low energy is not drinking enough water! If you don’t like water on its own, then squeeze some fresh lime or lemon into it. Plus, drinking a glass of water before eating breakfast will help you to not eat as much and feel fuller.

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3. LET IT SHINE
Morning sunlight will naturally wake you up by telling your brain that it is time to get going! Try leaving your blinds open a bit so the morning sunlight will wake you up instead of your stressful alarm clock. Even better, if you have a nice spot to sit outside when having your breakfast, it can put you in a good mood if the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

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4. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. If you start out with a delicious and healthy breakfast, studies have shown that you will continue to make better health choices throughout the day. Plus, eating something you really enjoy will put you in a good mood right from the start! Stick to lots of fruits, oats, or eggs, as they will be the best source of energy to carry you through the day. Don’t eat tons of carbs or sugar, as they will tend to slow you down later on.

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5. ENJOY SOMETHING ENTERTAINING
Make some time (or do it while eating) to read the newspaper, watch the morning news, #read some of your book, or watch a rerun of your favorite show. Catching up on the news will give you #things to talk about with your co-workers or enjoying your own favorite media will help you to relax a bit before leaving. It will help to take your mind off the fact that you’re tired and need to go to work all day.

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6. EXERCISE
There are so many #benefits to exercising in the morning. First, it helps raise your metabolism which helps to burn #calories all day, and second, it starts the day with a positive accomplishment! If the weather permits, try to #exercise outside for even more of an energizing workout. It’s better to get your workout over and done with in the morning rather than after work when all you probably want to do is go home and relax!

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7. CLEAN A LITTLE BIT
Is your house a little messy from last night? Then straighten up a bit! It’s better than worrying about having to do it after school or work when you’re going to be exhausted. Plus, achieving something (even as simple as cleaning) early in the morning will set you up for a day of continuing to be productive. The early morning hours are great for cleaning up a bit because usually you’re the only one awake and have nothing to distract you!

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8. PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU GET DRESSED
Music has been proven to stimulate the brain in a way that almost nothing else can do. When you hear your favorite #song, you get excited! So put on your favorite music (something upbeat) to listen to while you get ready for the day. If you can’t listen to music out loud because other people are sleeping, then pop in your ear buds and carry your iPod with you. You’ll be energized and dancing around your house in no time!

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9. LOOK GORGEOUS!
It’s no secret that #people judge us by our appearance. Because of this, it’s a good idea to spend a few extra minutes in the morning to look the best you can. Plus, if you think you look gorgeous, you will feel happier than if you think you #look gross. So take the time the night before to pick out a nice outfit, or wake up a little earlier to curl your #hair. You will feel great for the rest of the day and you may even get compliments to boost your mood even more!

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10. TAKE YOUR TIME GETTING TO WORK
Leave the house with enough time to get to work so you’re not rushing. Whether it’s driving or taking public transit, you don’t want to be stressed out about getting to work. This is when accidents can happen or speeding, which may result in a big ticket to ruin your entire day. So take your #time getting to work, take the scenic route, play some music, and drive with the window down. Or if you’re taking public transit, walk slowly and enjoy the morning, maybe even stop to get a coffee at your favorite shop.

Of course, I don’t think you will be able to have time to do everything on this list unless you get up really early or don’t work until later in the day. Just pick some of your favorites to fit into your mornings! If you have a bad morning, you’re likely to have a bad rest of the day. So make sure you try to use your mornings to your advantage! Even if you say you’re not a morning person, you can train yourself to be one. What is your normal morning routine?

Simple Menu for Healthy Breakfast

When it comes to breakfast, the options are endless. Pancakes or waffles? Bacon and eggs? Muffin followed by a pastry? So why limit those delicious dishes to the morning hours? Here are 34 healthier snack options to satisfy those breakfast food cravings all day long.

Try this superfood twist on classic PB and toast with 1/2 a banana (sliced) and a sprinkle of chia, which is packed with vitamins and minerals (like six times more calcium than milk!).

Here’s a simple and delicious smoothie for the morning rush. Blend frozen fruit (banana and berries work well) with Greek yogurt and a liquid of your choice (milk, juice, coconut water—whatever you like). Freeze overnight and thaw throughout the day to enjoy in the afternoon or blend up in the morning.

Take oatmeal to a whole new level by making it savory. Prepare as usual with milk or water, but add a pinch of salt and pepper instead of any cinnamon or sugar. Then top with an over-easy or poached egg and sprinkle on a little cheese for an extra tasty kick.

Spice up a plain old fruit cup with a scoop of quinoa. Toss the whole shebang around until the quinoa is evenly distributed. Add a dressing of honey, lime, and basil for a little extra body.

Here’s a healthier take on a classic breakfast sandwich: Take 2 slices of a hearty whole-grain bread, spread each slice with 1 tablespoon of homemade macadamia ricotta cheese, and sprinkle with shiso or basil, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Add 1-2 hearty slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes (blotted with paper towel to remove excess liquid) and enjoy.

Cooking quinoa in milk (cow, soy, or almond) and adding some sweet spices and fruit makes for a great substitute for classic hot breakfast cereals. Plus, it’s high in protein and essential amino acids like lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. Simply put all the ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer, stir, top with your favorite add-ons, and enjoy!

Sometimes simple is just better. Top two lightly toasted slices of whole-grain bread with smashed avocado and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Layer on two sunny-side up eggs for a healthy dose of protein, and you’ve got a well-rounded breakfast. Stack ’em in a tupperware container for easy transport or cook the yolks a bit more and make the whole thing into a sandwich.

Here’s a healthy way to have chocolate for breakfast. A bowlful of quinoa makes for a filling, protein-rich base, and the banana and berries add a few servings of fruit.

Stuck with last night’s leftovers? Place a scoop of leftover roasted veggies, potatoes, or meat in a container; top with a cracked egg; and heat in the microwave until the egg white is cooked through, 30 to 45 seconds. (Or just prep in the oven.) Feeling fancy? Sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Craving dessert for breakfast? Or breakfast for dessert? This gluten-free bowl should hit the spot. Simply bake a berry blend in the oven, sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings, and add a cup of milk.

Turn a classic baked loaf into oatmeal with this recipe. Adding shredded zucchini is a great way to fit in an extra serving of veggies. Throw on a handful of toasted walnuts for some added crunch.

Finally, a muffin without all the carbs. Plus these guys are simple to make ahead of time. Just zap them for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.

Who doesn’t love an egg sandwich? Simply toss arugula with olive oil and lemon juice before frying eggs with a dash of salt and pepper. Place on top of whole-wheat toast layered with ricotta and a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Wrap in foil and enjoy whenever the craving hits!

Smoothies are a perfect on-the-go snack any time of day. Blend frozen bananas, peanut butter, soy milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and a few ice cubes. If this is a morning snack, keep it in a tight-sealing container and throw it in a gym or work bag. For an afternoon boost, prep it the night before and freeze. Remove in the morning, and it will be thawed and ready to enjoy after lunch. Tip: Add a scoop of your favorite chocolate or vanilla protein for an extra protein boost.

Try this sweet take on a classic breakfast sandwich the next time you’re eating on the go. Prepare a whole-grain toaster waffle and slice in half. Spread with 2 tablespoons nut butter and jelly of your choice, and layer sliced strawberries on top.

Breakfast burritos are a great, easy snack to keep on hand. Make a bunch, wrap in foil, and keep in the freezer for whenever the craving hits. Protein from the eggs and black beans keeps you fuller longer, and the sweet potato keeps things interesting.

This is a perfect pick for apple season. Cut 1 apple in half and remove the core (plus a bit of the extra flesh around the core). Drop 2 teaspoons nut butter between the two holes, and sprinkle in 1 teaspoon oats or granola. Wrap up the whole apple in foil or plastic wrap to save for later or enjoy as is.

A heaping dollop of pumpkin puree is a great way to squeeze in anextra dose of veggies. Plus, the super-orange superfood is packed with nutrients and a healthy dose of fiber. This recipe pairs the pumpkin with oats, chia seeds, cocoa, and almond milk for a quick and easy breakfast.

This is the ultimate lazy-person breakfast. Combine oats, chia seeds, blueberries, vanilla, and milk and yogurt of your choice in a sealed container the night before. By morning, you’ll have delicious overnight oats! These can be heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes if you’re in the mood for something warm.

By this point, it’s probably obvious we think quinoa makes anything better. So when it comes to muffins? It’s a no-brainer. Try these little bites for breakfast or an after-lunch treat.

Yes, it’s possible to make really good scrambled eggs in the microwave. And it’s easy! Beat 2 eggs, throw in a microwave-safe container, add 1 handful of your favorite veggies (cherry tomatoes and spinach leaves work well), and a sprinkle of cheese. Zap the mixture for 30 seconds, stir, and cook another 30 seconds, or until eggs are solid. Throw a top on the container to eat later or store the raw mixture in a fridge until ready to heat and eat.

Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack or breakfast, but what’s the best way to make it into a more convenient and portable snack? Bake it into squares!

This oat-based muffin is packed with healthy carrots and zucchini and lightly sweetened with raisins and a pinch of sugar. Use a mini muffin tin for smaller portions, and eliminate or cut back on the brown sugar (you can also choose a healthier substitute).

This one’s perfect to try out as fall sets in. In your favorite small container (with a reliable lid!), top plain Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon. The best part? Pumpkin is a bonafide superfood rich in beta carotene, which is essential for eye health.

Any recipe that fits a serving of veggies into a delicious baked good is a winner in our book.

One of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest breakfasts out there is a classic fruit and yogurt parfait. The best part? It can be made with any toppings you like. Try choosing fruits that are in season for the most flavorful options.

Here’s a new way to enjoy quinoa: Make mini quinoa breakfast quiches! In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 eggs, 1 cup of your favorite veggies (spinach or zucchini work well), 1 cup shredded cheese, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Portion into a lightly greased mini muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Say banan-yeah to this healthy snack. Cut 1 firm (but ripe) banana in half and unpeel, arrange on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate, and spread each half with 1 tablespoon almond butter (on the sides not touching the plate). Here’s the fun part: Stick whatever toppings you like on the almond butter—our favorites are granola, chia or flaxseeds, and cinnamon. Insert a popsicle stick or skewer into the cut end of each half and freeze until solid (at least 2-3 hours).

For anyone with a microwave or hot water at their disposal, these customized instant oatmeal packets are fantastic to have on hand. Instead of purchasing pre-made oatmeal packets, assemble your own in Ziploc baggies using whole rolled oats, cinnamon, and mix-ins, such as raisins and nuts.

Fried eggs are great, but what about baking a whole egg with veggies and cheese and skipping the added oil? Try making a pan of these babies at the beginning of the week and bringing one along each day. (Tip: If you use the individual silicone muffin molds, it makes the egg cups even more convenient for on-the-go snacking.)

These hearty, wholesome muffins make for the perfect portable breakfast. Flax lends a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Mashed bananas (one of our favorite healthy baking subsitutions) allow for a slight reduction in the added fat and sugar too.

Muffins from the microwave? Yep, it’s possible! Add 1/4 cup quick oats, 1 egg, a handful of berries, and a sprinkling of brown sugar to a mug and mix until evenly combined. Microwave on high for 1 minute, remove to take a look, and keep cooking for 30 seconds at a time until the muffin looks firm.

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please. While Oreos or Chips Ahoy may not make a balanced breakfast, a cookie made of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats is a top-notch choice. Plus, you can pick and choose what you like to mix—go for almond butter and raisins in one batch and peanut butter chocolate chip in another.

Here’s a healthier take on the classic lemon-poppy seed muffin. Fiber-rich oat flour is paired with vanilla protein powder for a healthy, filling base. Yogurt lends moisture and some fat, and applesauce makes a great substitute for sugar. The best part? One bar contains about 54 calories and six grams of protein—much better than any muffin we’ve seen on the shelves lately.