After a bone-chilling morning run, you need a hearty breakfast that warms you up. This fast polenta, from The Runner's World Cookbook is easy to make and provides you with the protein, carbs, and comfort you need after a dark morning workout. Since it's ready in about 10 minutes, you can whisk this breakfast up on busy post-workout weekday mornings. It's a great gluten-free and vegetarian option for runners who need a quick recovery meal.
Many of us only begin to wake up with the help of our morning drink, and luckily many of our favorite breakfast beverages have a variety of health benefits. That can't-miss cup of coffee, for example, reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among other diseases, while drinking tea has been shown to do the same. And yet another study recently showed that drinking coffee or green tea every day may reduce your risk of stroke.
It's not just warm drinks that can help you out; starting your day with a pressed juice, healthy smoothie, or glass of water with lemon can help you get much-needed nutrients and detox at the same time. So tell us: what's your favorite breakfast drink?
If you're a Paleo diet devotee, then you'll love this recipe for Paleo banana bread from FitSugar reader AllieNic.Too Good Paleo Banana Bread
3 very ripe bananas
5 Medjool dates
5 Tbsp warm water
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes for sprinkling
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Many of you will be celebrating someone you love (or being celebrated yourself) this weekend for Mother's Day. And when it comes to family gatherings, chances are you'll be in for a big feast. But no matter if you're going out for an indulgent brunch, lunch, or dinner, you can start the day off right with a healthy breakfast.
Starting the day with a small bowl of yogurt with fruit before brunch or a green juice before a stack of pancakes for breakfast ensures that you'll be getting many of your nutrients for the day right away, which can help you feel less guilty about any more-indulgent dishes you spring for later on. And it can also help you know when to stop once you've sat down to eat; if you have just a cup of yogurt before brunch, for example, you'll be more apt to feel satisfied sooner so you don't overeat during your big meal.
This weekend, start the day off right. If you're in the mood for a green juice, try one of these green juice and smoothie recipes.
Don't walk or bike to work? Then you may think that your time spent on your commute is the least healthy part of your day. And while you may spend hours every day sitting, in your car or on the bus and then at your desk all day, you can still find ways to be active and healthy during your travel time.
Whether your trip to work is a short hop on the light rail or a start-and-stop ride down a congested freeway, you can use the empty time to sneak small healthy acts into your daily routine. Here are five things you can do to be healthy during your commute.
- Do your exercises. Yes, you can work out those muscles during your commute without careening off the road or causing fellow passengers to stare. If you're driving, target and tone with steering wheel isometric exercises, ab work, or glute moves. If you're on the subway or bus, get creative with props like the strap hanger, your briefcase, or your bag to (discreetly) work different areas of your body.
- Walk the distance. It may be convenient to have a bus stop right outside your apartment or a prime parking spot at work, but if you find that you're not moving as much as you want to, start building time into your commute to walk to the next nearest bus stop or to park further away.
Polenta is a huge hit for dinner at my house, especially when I make polenta pizzas. This corn-based food is also great for other meals of the day, and recently I concocted this yummy dairy-free breakfast dish. It's so simple to make, and since it has beans, veggie sausage, and eggs, it's also high in protein.
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Brunch is a big deal at our house, but lately, we've tired of the old waffle, pancake, and omelet standbys. Recently, a friend introduced me to Ebelskivers. These spherical Danish treats, a cross between American pancakes and popovers, are cooked over a burner in a pan (available at Williams-Sonoma for $40) that resembles a muffin tin. This simple pan has changed the way we do breakfast and brunch. I've used the Ebelskiver pan to make mini fruit-filled pancakes before, but it's also great for making eggs; think mini frittatas.