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Energy-Boosting Recipes

Avoiding those daily slumps is easier than you think! From early-morning breakfast to after-dinner dessert, we offer a collection of delicious recipes -- featuring fresh superfoods and other mood-boosting ingredients -- that will help you eat your way to energy.


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    • Chocolate and Mango Yogurt

      Fighting off fatigue is a snap thanks to this power recipe. Start with a chilly cup of calcium-rich Greek yogurt, then add fresh mango, dark chocolate, walnuts, and invigorating mint for a super snack that'll help you concentrate all day long.

    • Orzo-Chicken Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing

      When it comes to pasta, it's OK to indulge. "The carbohydrate-rich food increases seratonin levels, which helps lower stress," says Angela Lemond, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We chose whole wheat orzo pasta as the base for this scrumptious veggie-chicken salad.

    • Eggs and Canadian Bacon in Pita Pockets

      Whether they're poached, scrambled, or sunny-side-up, eggs are little powerhouses of nutrition that contain loads of protien. Scoop some into whole wheat pita rounds along with avocado and lean Canadian bacon for a satisfying start to your day.

    • Toasted-Oat Muesli

      Combat junk-food cravings with a healthy helping of homemade muesli. Starring oats, almonds, and flaxseeds, this cinnamon-coated snack contains magnesium and omega-3 oils, which help lift your mood and nourish your nervous system. Toss in banana chips or raisins for natural sweetness.

    • Avocado, Prosciutto, and Egg Sandwiches

      "Individuals who start their day with a balanced breakfast tend to have reduced appetites compared to those who skip their morning fuel," says Jennifer McDaniel, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That's why we fill up on the works: hearty whole grain bread, protein-packed eggs, and healthy slices of avocado.

    • Roasted Pork Salad with Ginger-Pineapple Dressing

      This make-and-take salad sports layers of leafy greens, lean pork, and naturally sweet peaches. Drizzle it in our homemade pineapple dressing -- made with fresh ginger -- to help lift your mood and encourage alertness.

    • Shrimp Ceviche Tostada with Fennel and Grapefruit

      Sweet, snappy, and a little bit spicy, these shrimp tostadas are loaded with energy-boosting ingredients. Pile on lettuce and pink grapefruit, then add chopped onions and hot red chile peppers (high in capsaicin) to kick up immunity and metabolism.

    • Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites

      "Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant that helps improve blood flow, increase energy, and enhance mood," says Jessica Crandall, RDN, a spokesperson for the Acadamy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We drizzle just a bit on banana slices, then freeze 'em for a healthy, icy-cool treat.

    • Quinoa Salad with Squash and Mint

      The trendy "grain" quinoa -- a complete protein that's rich in B vitamins and fiber -- makes a delicious base for this garlicky, squash-studded salad. Toss in a handful of fresh mint leaves to make it instantly energizing.

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      Quinoa: A Meatless Complete Protein

      Fluffy quinoa is a healthy and delicious addition to any dish. Learn how to pop it to perfection with our tips and tricks from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

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      Peppered Kale Chips

      Kale is all the rage these days. And why wouldn't it be? After all, it's brimming with calcium and vitamins E and K -- all of which boost energy and overall health. A sprinkling of salt and pepper enhances its leafy-green goodness in this crunchy chip recipe.

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      Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Bits and Raspberries

      Start your day on a happy note with a plate of fresh banana pancakes. Ruby-red raspberries and chopped dark chocolate -- both rich in antioxidants -- give them a fantastic facelift. Just be sure to watch your portions, says Angela Lemond, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "All you need is about 1.5 ounces of chocolate to receive the mood-boosting benefits."

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      Coffee Smoothie

      Put a little extra pep in your step with an espresso-infused smoothie recipe. Ours blends the caffeine-filled favorite with potassium-rich bananas and a bit of honey for a drink that's sure to perk you up.

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      Coconut-Chia Oat Squares

      Shredded coconut and golden chia seeds make best friends in this energy-boosting snack. Rich in fiber, the sweet and crunchy combo -- tied together with a spoonful of honey -- will help you feel fuller longer.

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      Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

      From vitamin C to vitamin K, blackberries contain a boatload of good-for-you nutrients that keep your brain alert and your nervous system healthy. Pair them with crumbly feta, pink pickled onions, and a drizzling of olive oil for a knock-your-socks-off salad.

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      Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt

      Summer's favorite berry makes an undeniably sweet appearance in this protein-packed Greek frozen yogurt. Not only are strawberries brimming with antioxidants, but they also contain manganese, which helps boost your energy and wake you up.

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      Caprese Salad

      When it comes to high-energy foods, "select foods in their whole and natural form," recommends Jennifer McDaniel, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This Italian-inspired caprese salad features a bowlful of fresh farmer's market finds, including cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumber, and more.

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      Warm Sweet Potato and Kumat Salad with Salmon and Walnuts

      Fork-tender salmon is a great source of omega-3 oils, which help boost brain function and encourage a healthy heart. Pair it with energy-boosting walnuts, fresh orange slices, and a sweet potato salad.

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      Chicken-Ginger Salads

      Big on zip and zing? Try our Asian-inspired chopped chicken salad. Made with crunchy peanuts, fresh ginger, and crisp green onions, it provides you with fiber and mood-boosting benefits.

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      Barbecue-Spice Roasted Chickpeas

      Beat the afternoon slump with a savory handful of crisp roasted chickpeas. The iron-filled bean not only boosts energy but metabolism, too! We bake ours in a mix of garlic, chili powder, and smoky barbecue spice.

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      Grilled Halibut Sarandeado

      Halibut is a healthy, nutrient-rich fish that eases stress, balances mood, and raises energy. We slather each fillet with fresh lemon juice and a bit of Worcestershire, then toss them on the grill for a meal with fewer than 200 calories.

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      Orange-Rosemary Tuna

      There's something invigorating about citrus, but pair it with fragrant rosemary and it's instantly energizing. Both filled with B vitamins, the tuna-topping duo helps boost immunity and metabolism.

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      Farmer's Market Recipes

      Around the country, farmers bring their abundance to town, allowing us to feast through all four seasons (if you fill the freezer). We've gathered our favorite dinner recipes, side dishes, and snacks (plus a few dessert recipes!) to showcase market-fresh fruits, veggies, honey, and herbs.
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