6. Start Your Day With Cacao Beans
Most mornings, I wake up without feeling hungry at all, so I leave the breakfast for later on.
Since it’s really important to fuel up the body with some nutrients after you wake up, I usually take a few raw cacao seeds, or cacao beans as they’re probably known as.
They are a bit bitter, but they do amazing things to your body.
Starting from calcium, magnesium and iron, cocoa seeds are loaded with healthful compounds that keep our cardiovascular health, load us up with energy, promote weight loss and improve our health overall.
Cacao beans are also considered to be nature’s anti-depressant, since they contain dopamine, phenylethylamine and serotonin, all of which are used to promote positive mental health and better moods.
So if you can’t stand the bitter flavor they have, you can mix them in a smoothie.
Also you can try cacao nibs too, they’re better for smoothies and shakes :)
7. Earn A Shower
I always sneak in an A.M. sweat in my morning routine.
A 20-30 minute cardio workout such as rope skipping, a short run, jog or at least a full yoga session, will have many benefits for your body and mind especially if it’s done on an empty stomach.
An empty stomach triggers a cascade of hormonal changes throughout the body that are conducive to both building muscle and burning fat.” – Nick English
You’ll feel lighter, fresher, more energized and on top of that you’re going to maximize the calorie burning, fasten up your weight loss and tone up your body.
It feels so good, you’ll want to keep that ritual every single morning for the rest of your life.
8. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Since mornings set the tone for the whole day to come, having a balanced breakfast is crucial.
In addition, I always go big for breakfast, making sure I put in the right amount of fuel to start the day energized and clean.
Anything from whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and a piece of fruit, to overnight oats with lots of berries.
If I’m up for a salty breakfast, I go with avocados and cottage cheese, sided with eggs.
You can find tons of breakfast ideas and recipes in my Meal Plan Burn Baby Burn.
9. Go Nuts (And Seeds) For Breakfast
It’s not that important if you have your breakfast right after you wake up, as it is to actually make the most out of it.
And one way to make sure that your breakfast counts is to load it up with nuts and seeds.
Including these healthy fats in your diet is crucial to boosting your metabolism and get your whole body energized.
You’ll load yourself with fibers, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and loads of other nutrients, and they’ll also keep you full to the next meal.
I often add nuts and seeds in my morning smoothies too.
My favorite blend is:
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 2 cocoa seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
I occasionally make a raspberry smoothie with flax seeds and almond milk, since it’s my second favorite blend full of fibers! :)
10. Enjoy A Mug Full Of Caffeine
I can’t imagine my day without my morning coffee. Eye-openner that comes from a simple bean.
I like it black and strong, and I really admire its power to wake every single sense in my body at the moment I feel its smell.
Drinking a lot of coffee can be harmful, but by enjoying that one morning mug of caffeine you intake loads of healthy components.
Coffee contains several important nutrients, including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin.
It improves your energy levels, boosts the metabolic rate, improves physical performance, protects your heart and liver…
These are only a few of the countless benefits you get from including coffee on a daily basis.
Instead of coffee, you can make yourself a cup of green tea too, since it’s also high in caffeine – combining it with a few drops of fresh lemon, you’re not only giving yourself more energized morning, but you burn a few more calories when doing it.
Just remember to never add sugar in your morning mugs – keep it clean at least in the beginning of the day.