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Breakfast

The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.

“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein,” says Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, in New York City. Luckily, your options are plenty. Here’s a look at some of our favorite breakfast foods, along with expert tips for making them even healthier.

1. Oatmeal

You may have noticed a heart-shaped seal on your box of oatmeal recently. The seal’s there because oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Need another reason to dig in? Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium.

Steel-cut oats, which take about 15 minutes to cook, contain more fiber than rolled oats or instant varieties, but any type of oatmeal is a healthy choice. Just avoid the flavored kinds, which can be packed with sugar. Instead, sweeten your bowl with milk and a bit of honey, and top with fruit and nuts.

3. Greek yogurt

This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with calcium and boasts plenty of protein—nearly twice as much as regular yogurt—to keep you feeling full throughout the morning. Your best bet: Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit to give it some sweetness and flavor (and a dose of added nutrition). “I love Greek yogurt because it’s really quick and easy,” Giovinazzo says. “You can always take it with you on your way out the door.”

4. Wheat germ

A little wheat germ goes a long way. Just two tablespoons provides about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and 10% of your daily folate. “Vitamin E is often a little low in people’s diets, so this is a good way to add in some extra—especially if you don’t eat a lot of nuts or seeds, two other big sources,” Giovinazzo says. It’s easy to incorporate wheat germ into almost any meal, including your go-to breakfasts: Sprinkle it over cereal, stir it into yogurt, or mix it into a smoothie.

5. Grapefruit

Trying to lose weight? According to one study, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants. For a well-rounded breakfast, pair it with protein—such as yogurt or an egg, Giovinazzo suggests. But check with your doctor first if you take any medications, as grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with some prescription drugs.

Our diner

Does mealtime often get taken over by the nutrition villains (tons of calories, loads of saturated fat, and excess sodium)? Take back the dinner hour: We’ve created a week’s worth of great-tasting meals with real nutritional punch. Each one is under 500 calories—wham! High in filling fiber—bam! Low in saturated fat—pow! Not to mention, each recipe puts a premium on antioxidant-rich produce—with two veggies, plus herbs and spices to boost flavor (but not calories). Try one of these supercharged dinners tonight for a leaner, healthier you.

1. Barley-Stuffed Poblanos

• Eat this and you get more than one-third of your daily fiber.
• Your metabolism will get a kick from the chili powder.
• The dish also delivers about 30 percent of your calcium for the day.

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, barley, kale, chili powder, garlic, tomatoes, salt, poblano peppers, white cheddar, Monterrey Jack cheese and queso fresco

Calories: 382

2. Burger With Mushrooms and Radicchio

• The lean beef provides more than half your protein and nearly 30 percent of your iron for the day.
• You’ll feel satisfied, thanks to that protein and 7 grams of fiber.
• Shiitake and other mushrooms are rich in antioxidants and help reduce cholesterol.

Ingredients: olive oil, mushrooms, salt, pepper, ground sirloin, whole-wheat hamburger buns and small head radicchio

Calories: 473

Healthy drink Save Your Life

Certainly water is important for keeping you healthy and hydrated. But it’s just one of many beverage choices offering health benefits. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, a variety of beverages and foods is well suited to satisfy the different fluid requirements of people of all ages and activity levels, in different climates and states of health. The many flavor options certainly make it more enjoyable to drink all that we need each day, approximately 9 to 13 cups for adults.

Citrus Tea Punch

Tea itself offers significant health benefits because of its antioxidant compounds, but you can double the antioxidant benefits by stirring in some orange juice. Keep a pitcher at poolside all summer long.

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Agua fresca is a refreshing, fruit-infused drink that is served throughout Mexico. Drinking a fruity water-based drink is a great way to stay hydrated in the summer while getting some extra vitamins.

Raspberry Lemonade

Think pink when it comes to lemonade and add pureed raspberries to the lemonade concentrate. Raspberries offer fiber and vitamin C, and are a rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants. And if you toss in a few mint sprigs, you get even more antioxidant action.

Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake

Start your day with a shake that’s packed with protein, fiber and vitamin C. You’ll have energy for the morning and a head start in fighting heart disease with the nutrients in blackberries, mangos, orange juice and tofu.

Couples Stop By Our Lunches

Cooking and packing up a quality healthy lunch is a good idea for so many reasons. Whether or not you’re trying to lose weight, bringing your own lunch to work keeps you in charge of the ingredients that fuel your body and helps you perform at your best both at work and in the gym. Regardless of your dietary limitations and preferences, (at least!) one of these healthy recipes will fit the bill and make its way into your lunchtime rotation.

1. Avocado Shell Salad

No need for the oven for this refreshing lunch: avocado shell salad. It has 60 percent of your recommended fiber for the day, aids in digestion, and may even diminish belly fat.

2. Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

If you’re tired of a vegan-friendly sandwich that doesn’t satisfy, prepare to build the best veggie sandwich ever. Hummus and avocado provide the fiber and protein you need to stay fueled, and layers of tasty veggies offer crunch, flavor, and important nutrients your body needs.

3. Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Burger

This sweet potato, chickpea, and quinoa veggie burger is perfectly spiced and completely satisfying. At 202 calories per patty, you can add a 120-calorie whole-wheat bun and lettuce, tomato, and ketchup (34 calories) and still come in at well under 500 calories. Make multiple patties in advance to enjoy as a sandwich or on top of greens for the week.

Welcome New Swiss Chef

The power of a simple greeting is really amazing. Dropping your customers a line, through text message, email or traditional mail, is so easy to do and it costs you virtually nothing, if anything at all; however, the return on this simple message can be huge. Send out messages to those customers who have visited your store once or twice just to send them a friendly reminder that you are there if they need you. This ‘no-sales’ approach to selling your business works remarkably well. You’ll be able to score repeat customers and reap the benefits that they bring.

Offer those first-time customers, and returning customers, a reason to come back with a ‘scratch-and-earn’ incentive. Drop of a special scratch off that reveals some type of reward; a type of lotto ticket for your restaurant, if you will. The ticket can offer different discounts, free menu items and a certain amount off their bill on their next visit. The key here is that ‘their next visit’. In order to take advantage of whatever it is that they reveal on the card, they need to come back. You will collect more on their total bill than you will spend on their total reward. You will be amazed what by the power that these simple tactics will have on your customers. You will draw more repeat customers and reap the benefits of those customers in no time.

Healthy Foods Save Your Life

No single food can prevent cancer, but the right combination of foods may help make a difference. At mealtimes, strike a balance of at least two-thirds plant-based foods and no more than one-third animal protein. This “New American Plate” is an important cancer fighting tool, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Check out better and worse choices for your plate.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients — and the more color, the more nutrients they contain. These foods can help lower your risk in a second way, too, when they help you reach and maintain a healthy body weight. Carrying extra pounds increases the risk for multiple cancers, including colon, esophagus, and kidney cancers. Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green, red, and orange vegetables.

Folate is an important B vitamin that may help protect against cancers of the colon, rectum, and breast.  You can find it in abundance on the breakfast table. Fortified breakfast cereals and whole wheat products are good sources of folate. So are orange juice, melons, and strawberries.

Other good sources of folate are asparagus and eggs. You can also find it in beans, sunflower seeds, and leafy green vegetables like spinach or romaine lettuce. The best way to get folate is not from a pill, but by eating enough fruits, vegetables, and enriched grain products.

An occasional Reuben sandwich or hot dog at the ballpark isn’t going to hurt you. But cutting back on processed meats like bologna, ham, and hot dogs will help lower your risk of colorectal and stomach cancers. Also, eating meats that have been preserved by smoking or with salt raises your exposure to chemicals that can potentially cause cancer.