3 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning

If you are anything like me, waking up for that 8:30 am class is the last thing you want to do on a Monday morning. Recently however, I have begun making some simple changes in my morning routine in an effort to improve my health. While I will never be a morning person, these 3 habits have made my mornings feel a lot better!

Water

The first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning is drink a big glass of water – 1.5 L according to the experts. This will hydrate and help flush out impurities from your system. Drinking water in the morning has also been shown to help weight loss, strengthen your immune system and make your skin glow.

Breakfast

When you have an 8:30 am class it’s easy to skip breakfast in exchange for a few extra minutes of precious sleep. However, it is important to kick-start your day, and metabolism, with a good breakfast. Even if you already eat breakfast, evaluate your meal choices – are you eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes? If so, it may be time for a breakfast makeover. Try to incorporate whole foods and grains into your morning to give you that burst of energy you need for the day.

Here’s a few recipes for smoothie bowls, my new favourite breakfast.

 http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/smoothie-recipes-breakfast-bowls/

My banana-berry smoothie bowl with kale chia seeds, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds!

My banana-berry smoothie bowl with kale chia seeds, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds!

 

Swap out the Caffeine

Okay, I am the first to admit that I love my coffee, but recently I have been trying to cut down on my intake. Yes, coffee may wake you up in the morning, but it leaves you feeling lethargic and craving more only a few hours later. Try starting your day off with an alternative your body will love: tea! Green tea, specifically, is great for giving you a morning boost without the caffeine crash a few hours later. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients that have been proven to boost brain function, promote weight loss, prevent cancer, and reduce your risk of diabetes.

So here are 3 ways to help start your morning off in a way that is not only healthier, but physically satisfying. The best part is that these are simple things to do that won’t disrupt your morning routine.