Coffees, sodas and teas seem to be the biggest culprits when it comes to people needing a caffeine fix – especially when waking up in the morning.
One of the easiest ways to curb a coffee and tea craving is by drinking decaffeinated versions of your favorite liquid. However, while the labels may say “decaf,” caffeine is usually still in the product – just in a reduced amount, according to www.health.com .
But certain food sources can bring people just as much as focus and energy as a cup of coffee – without the caffeine.
Here are a few recipes that are a great way to kick-start your day.
Eggs are high in iron and protein, two important factors for sustained energy, according to www.thedailymeal.com . Eggs also contain a type of Vitamin B that is important for brain function. Spinach is high in antioxidants and has iron that will keep blood oxygenated and help muscles work more efficiently, according to the website.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves, shredded
- 1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper to taste
- Beat eggs in small bowl.
- Stir in the baby spinach and Parmesan cheese. Season with onion powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- In a small skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat, cook the egg mixture about 3 minutes, until partially set. Flip with a spatula, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and continue cooking 2 to 3 minutes, or until done.
(Recipe Courtesy: www.allrecipes.com)
This meal can be the perfect combination of high-energy foods that can sustain a person for a long period of time. Whole-grain breads include complex carbohydrates, Vitamin B, fiber and iron that can boost energy, according to www.thedailymeal.com . Avocados provide slow-burning energy and help people feel fuller longer.
- One 8-ounce ripe avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
- Fine salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 slices whole grain or whole wheat bread
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter, softened
- Flaky sea salt, for serving
- Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- Mash the avocado with a fork in a shallow bowl until chunky. Season with fine salt and black pepper.
- Toast the bread until browned and crisp.
- Lightly rub one side of each slice with the garlic until fragrant.
- Lightly brush the slices of toast with oil, and season with fine salt and pepper.
- Divide the mashed avocado evenly among the toasts, and top with more flaky sea salt, more black pepper and red pepper flakes if desired.
(Recipe Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com )