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Three ways to beat the Monday morning blues

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To hit the ground running at the start of the week and make sure you're raring to go for tonight's game, fuel yourself with foods and drinks that nourish, satiate and spark you!

1. Green Tea
One cup of coffee is generally fine for most, but for those wanting to kick that habit or the cups that follow, consider this: an average cup of coffee contains 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine, whereas green tea has between 24 and 45 milligrams. This lower dose of caffeine may be just what the doctor ordered! Plus, green tea is often studied for its role in fighting obesity as well as prostate, breast and colon cancer.

How to prepare green tea
Don't add sweetener; there are so many flavors to try now. You can also mix two types of tea, for example, a bag of green with a bag of mint. Now you've flavored it naturally!

Don't forget to add a little lemon. Purdue University researchers found that when lemon juice was added, the antioxidants in green tea were better absorbed, increasing from 20 percent absorption to 80 percent.

Then you can sip away all day, having the tea warm or cold. A new tea bag is not necessary each time; just keep adding hot water to your cup or saucepan and let the tea lighten as you proceed. This is a great way to increase your water intake.

2. Water
Rather than follow the eight-glasses-a-day rule, aim to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in ounces per day. So if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water at rest and up to another liter more if you exercise and sweat heavily.  

3. Protein
Start your day by having protein as part of your breakfast. It adds staying power to your brain and body, helping you to sail through the day with greater mental focus and stamina.  

Now you're ready to wow 'em at the water cooler and cheer on your favorite team tonight!

Have a question for Dr. Debra Foschi? Let us know at lifestyle@patriots.com.

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