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Monday Mindfulness: Is the Way You Listen Affecting Your Calm? [Infographic]

For this week’s Monday Mindfulness, we’re going to focus on sound. This mini practice will take you out of your head when you have a lot on your mind or feel overwhelmed, and it’s a great way to build in time for practice throughout your day. Just like the breath, focusing on what you hear is simple to do and immediately accessible. Different sounds are always there — in the distance, close to us and even within our own body. If you’re able to focus on sound with presence and a sense of open curiosity, without judging or evaluating, then the simple act of listening can become a nice source of stress-relieving calm. Follow the simple road map in the infographic below.

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Ingredient of the Week: 10 Nutritious and Delicious Broccoli Recipes

Kale has been the “it” vegetable for years, stealing the thunder from its other cruciferous cousins. But let’s not forget one of original superfoods — broccoli. Both the stalks and florets are edible and nutritious. These treelike veggies are a good source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber and potassium. Broccoli is versatile and can be eaten raw or roasted, in soups, salads or stir-fries. Make this deep-green powerhouse veggie the star of your next meal with these 10 tasty recipes.

1. BROCCOLI QUESADILLA WITH AVOCADO, GARLIC & DILL | MOUNTAIN MAMA COOKS

These gorgeously green-hued quesadillas are perfect for a quick meal when hunger strikes. Each quesadilla is filled with sautéed broccoli and melted sharp cheddar. The avocado adds a layer of creamy, superfood goodness. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 quesadilla each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 343; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 294mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 13g

2. GARLICKY BROCCOLI “ZOODLES” WITH BACON | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

An unbelievably simple dish with garlic, olive oil and broccoli, this recipe by Inspiralized showcases the extreme versatility of the spiralizer and what it empowers you to make out of everyday vegetables. Bacon makes this dish all the more mouthwatering and flavorful — without blowing your daily total fat budget. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 194; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 14mg; Sodium: 234mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 10g

3. ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD SALAD | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

If you could take a multivitamin in food form, why wouldn’t you? This is why you need to try the ultimate superfood salad from The Roasted Root. It is densely packed with vitamins A and C, folate, potassium and fiber. The salad itself is made from kale, red cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, broccoli, walnuts and avocados, tossed with ginger-lemon dressing. Try it as a refreshing entree or serve a smaller portion as a side. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 203; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrates: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 5g

READ MORE > A LOVE LETTER TO BROCCOLI: WHERE IS THE RESPECT?

4. CHEESY VEGGIE BAKE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Increase any picky eater’s vegetable intake by hiding them in Food Fanatic’s cheesy broccoli-zucchini egg bake! Save time by prepping veggies the night before. Don’t have a spiralizer? Just slice zucchini into thin matchsticks instead, and follow instructions as directed. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 164; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 121mg; Sodium: 301mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 16g

5. LIGHTENED UP BROCCOLI CHEDDAR TWICE-BAKED POTATOES | FIT FOODIE FINDS

If you are skeptical that twice-baked potatoes can be healthy, think again! While traditional twice-baked potatoes use heavy cream, butter and sour cream, these are filled with broccoli, cheddar, Greek yogurt and milk. Bring these yummy, healthier spuds to your next gathering to share with family and friends. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 157; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 256mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 8g

6. EASY BROCCOLI-SPINACH RISOTTO | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Enjoy a fancy risotto dinner with less fuss using this recipe tweak — bake your risotto! Traditional risotto requires stirring small batches of hot broth into the rice every few minutes, but our baked method creates a similar consistency without extra tending. This vegetarian version comes loaded with broccoli and spinach, but feel free to add your favorite veggies instead. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/4 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 301; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Sodium: 676mg; Carbohydrate: 49g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 10g

7. SKINNY BAKED BROCCOLI MAC & CHEESE | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Now the ultimate comfort food side can be your main entree. Our recipe features Skinnytaste’s healthier spin on traditional mac and cheese. Each satisfying portion is loaded with broccoli florets, whole-wheat pasta and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. You can savor the taste and still get your veggies in to boot! Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 322; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 381mg; Total Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 20g

8. CASHEW BEEF WITH BROCCOLI STIR-FRY | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Make quick and tasty cashew beef with broccoli stir-fry for dinner courtesy of the “Fiber Up Slim Down” cookbook. Trimmed beef top round and crisp broccoli is cooked in a savory soy sauce base. Serve over brown rice or another whole grain of your choice. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 291; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 54mg; Sodium: 515mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 23g

9. CAPRESE CHICKEN & ROASTED BROCCOLI | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Want a low-carb dinner? This simple caprese chicken marries the fresh flavors of a caprese salad with a dose of lean protein. Ripe tomatoes, tangy balsamic and fragrant basil are a yummy ways to dress up your lean chicken breast. Serve with a side of roasted broccoli. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/2 chicken breast + 3/4 cup broccoli each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 341; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 502mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 26g

10. “LOADED” POTATO SOUP | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Turn a childhood favorite, the fully loaded baked potato, into a hearty, warm bowl of soup — all fixings included. Fiber-rich cauliflower makes the soup more filling with less calories. And with both bacon and broccoli, this creamy soup is nutritious and packed with flavor. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups soup + 1 tablespoon sour cream + 2 tablespoons cheese + 2 heaping tablespoons broccoli + 1 tablespoon bacon each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 231; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 469mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 12g

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How to Establish a Healthy Morning Routine

Whether or not you have a natural inclination to rise with the sun, establishing a healthy morning routine isn’t easy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort.

From Steve Jobs to Margaret Thatcher — whose respective morning routines included mirror pep talks and rising with the roosters to listen to a radio program about farming — some of the most successful people in history have been vocal about their early morning rituals. Read on for seven methods to create your own great morning, setting yourself up for a full day of healthy decisions.

1. SET YOUR ALARM AN HOUR EARLIER

The first step to starting a healthy morning routine is by actually, you know, getting up. As much as you might hate to hear it, setting the tone for a healthy and productive day starts with not hitting the snooze. And research shows making the effort to get up earlier really does help the early bird get the worm — studies have found that early risers are more productive, happier and have lower BMIs.


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2. HAVE A DRINK

When you wake up, have a glass of water waiting for you on your bedside table. Drinking 16 ounces first thing in the morning not only rehydrates you but also helps kick constipation, temporarily suppresses your appetite and kick-starts your metabolism.

3. START WITH AN EASY WIN

Research shows that our willpower peaks in the early waking hours. With that in mind, start your day with something you can easily accomplish — especially if you’re not a morning person. If you love getting a good sweat in yoga, switch to the a.m. class instead of going after work. Putting something you enjoy at the top of your to-do list will make it much easier to capitalize on your morning burst of willpower.

4. HIT THE GYM FIRST

Yes, waking up in time to make that 6 a.m. spin class can seem like cruel and unusual punishment — but making exercise part of your morning routine really is better for your health than hitting the gym after work. Not only will you feel super accomplished by the time you arrive at the office, studies also show that a.m. exercise routines help you get a better night’s sleep and burn more calories during your sweat session.

5. GET OUTSIDE

To make the early rise a little easier, get outside — or at least open the curtains if you can’t step out into the fresh air. Exposure to daylight resets your body’s circadian rhythm. In other words, it helps you start your day feeling alert and energized, rather than groggy and cranky.

6. EAT BREAKFAST

Not only does eating in the a.m. jump-start your metabolism for the day, studies show that those who eat a healthy morning meal make better food choices all day long. One 2011 study found that breakfast skippers were particularly likely to consume more calories from fat throughout the day.

7. MEDITATE

To round out your morning routine, spend 15 minutes meditating. Not only is meditation a proven way to reduce stress, increase your multitasking skills and stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, it will also make sitting in traffic on your morning commute way easier to handle.

Written by Macaela Mackenzie, a writer based in New York City with a passion for all things active. To see Macaela’s latest work, visit macaelamackenzie.com.


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12 Ways to Turn a Rotisserie Chicken Into a Week’s Worth of Meals


The next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a rotisserie chicken. In addition to being a Costco cult favorite, these flavorful, fragrant birds are huge boons for meal prep. Since they’re already cooked and whatnot, you can start incorporating them into your recipes right away. Shred up that meat and throw it into chili, or dice it into cubes and add it to a quesadilla. Heck, even eat it straight off the bone — no shame, it’s a delicious lean protein source just the way it is!

Not to mention, the average rotisserie chicken costs about $ 10 to $ 12, which is especially affordable when you compare the amount of meat you’re getting to the amount of work you didn’t have to do. One quick note: If you’re trying to keep it healthy, opt for a plain bird over a spiced bird, as those that are pre-spiced tend to have lots of added sugar and sodium. And remember, just because you buy it plain doesn’t mean it has to stay plain — you can always add your own spices at home

Not exactly sure how to begin working with your precooked bird? Let these 12 recipes get you started. All of them are tasty, simple and versatile enough to work for lunch or dinner. Because one chicken can absolutely feed you for a whole week.

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1. CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE FROM GIMME SOME OVEN

Filled with cheese, corn, beans, avocado and shredded chicken (naturally), this casserole has all the enchilada flavors you could ever want.

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