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As children most of us longed for the day that we flew the nest so that we could finally fulfil our dream of eating ice-cream for breakfast (and every other meal for that matter).

Of course, once that day actually came we realised that a diet comprising entirely of sugar and milk wasn't exactly the best idea – but hey, Nutella on toast provided a happy medium.

And while we might feel a little bad about starting out day on a chocolate high, all traces of guilt are usually gone by lunchtime – and rightly so.

According to foodbusinessnew.net, eating chocolate at breakfast time could actually be good thing.

Speaking about the benefits, Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group said: “Simply put, engaging with food is a conduit to engaging with the world.”

“There was a study that recently came out from Syracuse University re-touting the benefits of dark chocolate, specifically on cognitive function — abstract reasoning, memory, focus.”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

“The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better day part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?”

And get this – not only is dessert for breakfast not nearly as bad as for us as we were led to believe, but it could actually support weight loss when eaten in conjunction with a balanced diet.

Someone pass us the Coco Pops!

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Some people just don't like coffee, simple as that. But when the rest of the world resort to it for an energy boost, it can be difficult to find another solution to kickstart your body into action. 

And even if you do like coffee, chugging too much of it can sometimes worsen fatigue. So, before you pop the kettle back on (again), try these natural energy boosters to get that buzz back into your system:

1. Hydrate

If you're feeling a bit sluggish, it's probably down to dehydration. Instead of reaching for coffee or a sugary snack, chug down some H2O. 

It'll perk you up without all that nasty sugar. But make sure to keep hydrating until bed time, then you'll really notice the difference. 

 

2. Move around

You knew this was coming! But it's true that a little physical activity really gives your mind a jolt.

Moving requires you to be a lot more alert than when you're sitting, so even just walking around your office for five minutes will do the job. 

 

3. Peppermint essential oil

This is an easy way to stimulate your mind and increase your focus. Have a little bottle at your desk and smell it whenever you need a kick.

Dabbing some on your wrist also works wonders for when you're lagging in energy.

 

4. Citrus fruits

A great way to put your mind and body into action is to chomp down on some citrus fruits in the morning. 

Another alternative is to squeeze some lemon or lime juice into your water when you first wake up – it might be even better than coffee!

 

5. High-energy snacks

Oatmeal, celery and dark chocolate (yes!) are great snacks to get your body moving. And just a couple of bites of chocolate increases blood flow to the brain. 

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