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8 Healthy High-Carb Breakfast Foods That Are Actually Good for You

The Health Benefit of a Nutritious Breakfast

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Amid your hectic morning routine to get out the door, preparing a hearty, wholesome breakfast seems like a fantasy. Delicious as the bagel you opt to grab before walking into the office may be, it won't keep you satiated through lunch. Plus, paying more attention to what you eat for breakfast might take a little more effort (emphasis on little), but the rewards will be more than worth it. "Research shows eating a large breakfast with carbs, protein, and fat helps decrease the production of your appetite hormone, ghrelin, later in the day," says registered dietitian Laura Cipullo. "It takes your body longer to break down protein and fiber into amino acids than it takes the body to break carbohydrates into glucose." This will allow your body to feel full longer while also making sure not to spike or drop your blood sugar while food digests

Luckily, adding more nutrients into your morning mix doesn't have to mean giving up the starchy, carby foods you love. These indulgent breakfasts (yep, waffles and pancakes can be healthy) are infused with the nourishing nutrients you need, so you can get your a.m. healthy breakfast fix without missing your bodega bagel.

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Kashi 7 Grain Waffles

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Made with a blend of seven whole grains, including brown rice, barley, buckwheat, and oats, these nutritious waffles boast 24 grams of whole grains per serving—half of your daily recommended intake—and a whopping 7 grams of filling fiber.

P28 High Protein Bagels

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You won't believe how full you feel after starting your morning with a P28 high-protein bagel. Made with whey protein isolate, these toasty treats pack 28 grams of energizing protein in just 260 calories. Slathered with some almond butter, this bagel is your growling stomach's worst nightmare. (P.S. Whey protein really is the best for building muscle.)

Garden Lites Chocolate Muffins

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With their moist texture and rich flavor, you'd never know that these muffins are made with zucchinis and carrots, giving you half of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A and 3 grams of fiber per muffin.

Nature's Path Frosted Wildberry Açaí Toaster Pastries

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Compared to Pop Tarts, these frosted pastries contain 50 percent more protein per serving. Plus, this organic toaster treat gets the flavor for its fruity filling from real organic fruits like apples, raspberries, and strawberries that are rich in body-healing antioxidants.

FlapJacked Gluten-Free Protein Pancake and Baking Mix

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A combination of gluten-free whole oats, coconut flour, whey protein isolate, and pea protein gives this gluten-free mixture 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving for a breakfast that can satisfy any fluffy pancake craving. Whip up a big batch of these pancakes on Sunday night and store them in the fridge. You'll have nutritious breakfasts all week! (Next up: Try these healthy pancake recipes for a delicious and balanced breakfast.)

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal

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Prepared with 1/2 cup skim milk, just one packet of this whole-grain oatmeal contains 18 percent of your daily recommended intake of protein and 17 percent of your daily recommended intake of fiber.

Related: Time-Saving Oatmeal Hacks That Will Change Your Mornings

Food for Life Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

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Made with organic sprouted grains and dotted with flaxseed, this low-carb bread is a slimming superstar with 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 80-calorie slice.

Van's Power Grains Waffles

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With 10 grams of protein per serving and a subtle taste of cinnamon and vanilla, these satiating waffles are as healthy as they are delicious. Plus, these protein-packed powerhouses have 50 percent less heart-harming sodium than the leading brand of frozen waffles.

Ginger Recipes That Heat Up Your Meals In the Best Way Possible

Gluten-Free Gingerbread and Fig Loaf

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With a double whammy of ginger inside the cake and candied on top, this super-moist (yet totally gluten-free) loaf makes a perfect hostess gift or holiday brunch staple.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread Loaf

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Strawberry Ginger Beet Sorbet

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Who says it's too cold for sorbet? Sometimes after a heavy winter meal, a light icy treat is exactly what we feel like. With an added kick from ginger, this version really knocks it out of the park. (So do these other healthy sorbet recipes)

Get the recipe: Strawberry Ginger Beet Sorbet

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Ginger Ricotta Pie

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Holiday desserts have a tendency to weigh you down, but this is lightened-up pie (like these tasty, healthy pie recipes) with part-skim ricotta and fresh plums is a breath of fresh air. Can't find plums? Swap in any winter fruit!

Get the recipe: Ginger Plum Ricotta Pie

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Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

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A holiday staple with a kick! This cranberry sauce has 75 percent less sugar than traditional recipes and is full of flavor, thanks to zesty orange and the pungent ginger.

Get the recipe: Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

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Noodle Salad with Ginger Dressing

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Ginger is a staple in Asian cuisine, and if you do it right you can make a recipe tastier than takeout. This cool, nutrient-rich shirataki noodle salad with green chickpeas is a perfect choice. Ginger adds a characteristic spicy-sweet bite, plus anti-inflammatory compounds to keep things light and fresh all winter long.

Get the recipe: Noodle Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

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Ginger Cookies with Clove Icing

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These ginger cookies are completely irresistible and top the list of our favorite Christmas cookies of all time. Expert tip: Keep some extra ginger paste on hand this time of year so you can easily throw it into a recipe.

Get the recipe: Ginger Cookies

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Carrot Ginger Soup

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This vegan soup is the epitome of comfort. Sweet carrots, creamy coconut milk, and a sprightly zing from fresh ginger. If this is what cold weather tastes like, we'll take it.

Get the recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

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Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha

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Talk about a powerful elixir—digestion-friendly ginger and anti-inflammatory turmeric combine in this probiotic drink that's just as tasty as it is good for you.

Get the recipe: Ginger and Turmeric Kombucha

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Group Fitness Not Your Thing? This Might Explain Why

Many people love the high energy of Zumba. Others crave the intensity of a Spinning class in a dark room with the music blaring. But for some, well, they don't enjoy any of it—Dance cardio? Nah. Spinning on a bike for an hour? No way. HIIT in a room full of ripped bodies? Ha! If you're one of those people, you're not alone. But what is it about group fitness classes that can make you feel uncomfortable, on edge, or maybe even bored?

Simple Nail Art Ideas That Will Make You Feel Zen

Good Vibes Only

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The evil eye is a good luck symbol in many cultures, and we love this colorful but simple interpretation of the ever-popular evil eye mani. (P.S. Here's the low-maintenance mani trend that won't damage your nails.)

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Major Moon Phase

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Whether you're feeling like the planets are aligned in your favor or Mercury is in retrograde (again, ugh), this moon phase manicure is sure to remind you that the world is a crazy awesome place. (Wondering what's the deal with Mercury in retrograde? We've got answers.)

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Barely There

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This matte dark gray and clear manicure is so subtle that many might not even notice it's there. It's an awesome option for those who work in a professional setting where loud nail art isn't quite the right vibe.

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Keep It On the Positive

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What better reminder to stay upbeat than these cute little plus signs? This mani works in any color scheme, but we love the simple black and nude shown here.

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Make a Mandala

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Mandalas represent the universe, so they're an especially grounding symbol to put on your hands to see all the time. Plus, they're beautiful and intricate without being over the top.

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Fine Lines

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This manicure is so subtle you might not even know it's there if you're not looking for it. The variations in direction and position of the lines make this feel both centered and balanced, definitely two qualities we could all use in our lives.

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Meditate More

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Need a reminder to just breathe and be in the present moment sometimes? This is the perfect mani for you.

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Super Sleepy

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Whether you're trying to prioritize getting quality shut-eye or you just love this abstract eye design, there's no way to look at these without thinking about getting some zzz's. (Try this yoga breathing technique to fall asleep fast.)

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Peace Baby

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The world is a stressful place right now, so having a reminder on your hands to focus on peace and love is pretty powerful stuff.

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Keep It Clear

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This mix of geometric dots, lines, and stars is a more minimal take on the constellation nail trend. And when you go for a clear base with a gel manicure, it can last three weeks or longer without looking grown-out. Talk about bang for your buck, right?

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Minimal Metallic

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This chic striped idea is perfect for the holidays: festive but sleek amid the chaos of a crazy season. (Here's how to deal with stress around the holidays.)

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Life Expectancy In the U.S. Has Seen Its First Decline In Decades

You know the term for when someone in his or her 40s or 50s decides to ditch the station wagon for a red sports car: midlife crisis. But what if that shiny new convertible you purchased for your 50th birthday were actually symbolic of a three-quarters-life crisis?