A boost of energy first thing in the morning is something we all need to prepare for the day ahead and many rush to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts for a caffeine or sugar rush.  As appealing as this method may appear, adding high amounts of sugar and caffeine to a daily diet can pack on the pounds and create a dependency.  There are healthier options that can add to your energy without sending your blood sugar through the roof.  Take a look at these natural energy boosters that pack a punch and keep the waistline trim.

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa is a grain rich in complex carbohydrates that give the body an energy boost that will take you well into the next meal. Replace those sugary cereal options for a warm quinoa cereal made with raisins, cinnamon or brown sugar and almonds. Use ½ cup of quinoa, ¼ cup chopped almonds, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 2 level tablespoons of brown sugar.  Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes in boiling water or until you see the seeds sprout, place into a bowl and mix in the other ingredients to enjoy before starting the day!

Lemon Ginger Tea

To start off the day, ditch the coffee and grab a tea infused with ginger. Ginger is filled with antioxidants that can give a great energy boost.  If you would like to create a ginger tea from scratch, slice 15 thin slices of fresh ginger, place them into a pot and boil for 20-30 minutes.  Let the mixture cool before adding it into a mug and squeeze in some fresh lemon juice for extra detoxing qualities. Drink down for a full body energizing morning beverage that won’t leave you crashing and burning in the afternoon.

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