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  • Easy to cook and good for you

    Easy to cook and good for you

    Whether you're trying to get your brood or just yourself out the door in the morning, it can be hard to find time for a good breakfast. Ironically, studies continually prove that the day's "breaking of the fast" is critical for starting the day on a healthy, energetic foot. With the busy person and health in mind, we present you with five great ways to start the day, each of which requires little more than five minutes prep time.


    1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Yes, that's right. Chocolate and peanut butter can be a spectacular way to start the day. Just combine ½ cup milk, 1 banana, 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup and a tablespoon of peanut butter in a blender and press the start button. Viola! You've got a protein shake in two minutes-and a solid breakfast without even turning on the oven.


    2. Yogurt with Granola
    Whether you like plain yogurt with honey or flavored yogurt, scoop some into a bowl and top it with 1/4 cup of granola and you've got a breakfast t

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  • The healthiest options at America's biggest sandwich chains

    Plenty of fast-food brands are jumping on the healthy bandwagon these days. Sandwich chains like Subway and Così are particularly keen on offering low-calorie, health-conscious menu items, and several others have followed suit. While it's certainly a good sign that such influential fast-food companies are taking the initiative to help Americans maintain a more balanced diet, it's time to take a closer look at just how healthy the options are at national sandwich chains.


    Click here to see America's Healthiest Fast-Food Sandwiches


    What makes for the "ideal" healthy sandwich, nutritionally speaking? According to nutritionist Kelly Aronica, there are many factors to consider. Based on a diet of roughly 1,800 calories per day (for those people trying to lose weight, or closer to 2,000 for those trying to maintain their current weight) a reasonable lunch should hit close to 500 calories. In this case, the sandwich should have about 400 calories, leaving 100 for sides and a drink. When m

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  • Photo: Thinkstock

    Photo: Thinkstock

    By Melissa Gotthardt

    Binnie Wikane, a driver's license examiner's assistant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, loves almost every minute of her life. But there are moments that Binnie definitely doesn't enjoy; specifically, the very first ones of the day. "On one level, when that alarm goes off, I'm happy to see the day," she says. "But on a deeper level, my mind and body don't agree. I have to fight with everything I've got to get out of bed."

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    Like many women, Wikane is a victim of sleep inertia, a sluggish state that makes getting out of bed one of the hardest things she does. "When we wake up, we all go through a certain amount of sleep inertia," says Deborah Sewitch, PhD, clinical director of the Center for Sleep and Ventilatory Disorders at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "For some, it can take ages to get it together; an hour later, they're still feeling groggy and not really 'there.'" Not surprisingly, the most common reason th

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  • Chewy Nut and Cereal Bars. Photo by Stephanie Foley

    Chewy Nut and Cereal Bars. Photo by Stephanie Foley

    by Tanya Steel, Epicurious.com

    You've heard it a trillion times: Eating breakfast is integral to starting the day right. It refuels the body and brain and keeps your metabolism running at an even and higher rate than if you didn't eat. Yet, only a third of adults and less than two-thirds of children take the time to eat something in the morning, according to a recent study conducted by Kellogg's. Those who do eat rarely get beyond the basics of cold cereal, a banana, or a piece of toast.

    See also: The Epicurious Guide to Easter

    I have become expert at ensuring we all eat breakfast. In my house, we must be out by 7:15 and half the time my kids run late and end up eating in the car. To guarantee they are eating a delicious and nutritious breakfast, I have ten go-to recipes, some of which are make ahead and portable, some of which are the essence of short-order cooking, and all of which are delicious:

    Chewy Nut and Cereal Bars

    Food editor Maggie Ruggiero touts these amber bars a

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  • Become a morning exerciser.

    Become a morning exerciser.

    Impending deadlines, last-minute meetings, an impromptu dinner date. These are just a few of many schedule conflicts that keep you from fitting in your evening workout. It's a common problem with an obvious yet seemingly impossible solution: Work out in the morning! We know, it's so hard to get up when you could snooze for another hour! But becoming a morning exerciser is doable (even if you've never been a morning person). Follow our step-by-step plan and you'll soon wonder how you ever started your day any other way!

    1. Slowly start moving up your bedtime: Working out in the morning is counterproductive if you're not getting enough sleep (numerous studies have linked a lack of sleep to everything from weight gain to an increased diabetes risk, not to mention low energy and fatigue), and trying to wake up early if you aren't fully rested is even more difficult.

    Your strategy: First, decide what time you'll need to start waking up to make your workout happen, and then calculate wha

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