Replace Your Cup of Coffee with These 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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    Banana-Almond Energy Bars

    Almonds have high amounts of fiber, protein, and healthy fats; bananas are a wonderful source of potassium. Get your fill of both hearty ingredients with these bars that will keep you satisfied.

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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.

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    Barbecue Spice Roasted Chickpeas

    Looking for a savory, crispy, energy-boosting snack? Skip the greasy chips and proecessed snacks and munch on a handful of these roasted chickpeas to fill you up. Try experimenting with different seasonings to find your favorite flavor combos.

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    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.

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    Walnut Butter Fruit Bites

    Apricots, dates, and cereal flakes combined with your choice of walnut butter or cashew butter create a great balance of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Store in the refrigerator to enjoy all week.

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    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.

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    No-Bake Energy Poppers

     Nuts, dried fruit, rolled oats, and shredded coconut fill these bite-size snacksfor a combo that gives your body a slow-burning fuel to keep you going all day.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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